USL A-League documents reveal new details about the U.S. women’s national team’s sexual abuse investigation

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The U.S. women’s national team has been investigated by USA soccer over past abuse of female players by soccer officials, according to documents released by U.S. Soccer in response to a FOIA request filed by The Mercury News.

A summary of the investigation by the U.S. Soccer-owned USL A-League, the highest level of professional women’s league in the U.S., was posted by the United Soccer League (USL) on its website on April 23. The summary said the investigation was opened in January “due to concerns by multiple female players regarding the actions of a female MLS referee” during the first half of a March 8 game at Providence Park in Raleigh, N.C.

But those same documents also provided additional details that are raising new questions about how the investigation was conducted and how the U.S. women’s national team was treated by USA soccer, which is still under investigation after a video surfaced of its players criticizing the women’s national team for the way it handled its sexual abuse cases.

The summary of the investigation by the USL A-League said it first received a complaint from one female player on March 4, 2016. The summary said the player “had learned of alleged acts of misconduct by an MLS referee during a match earlier this year” and told US Soccer of these allegations.

The summary said this unnamed player made a complaint with the USL, and a USL staffer informed the referee involved that the matter had been brought to his attention. “The USL also contacted the involved referee,” the summary said. “The referee confirmed his participation in the incident.”

The summary said this referee was removed from refereeing games and a new one was appointed.

The summary included emails and letters that were previously published on USA Soccer’s website, saying the woman “appears to be completely credible,” but only “received initial (and limited) investigative support from a member of the USSF (U.S. Soccer Federation) Board of Control.”

“The investigative process was hampered by a lack of transparency, as well as non-disclosure agreements on the part of the complainant, and USSF. While this may be a situation where the complainant and USSF were at

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