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Study: MLS improves racial hiring, slides in gender hiring

SOCCER: AUG 18 MLS - Portland Timbers at Sporting Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, KS - AUGUST 18: The MLS logo on a soccer ball before an MLS match between the Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City on August 18, 2018 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS. Sporting KC won 3-0. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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A diversity report shows improved racial hiring practices for Major League Soccer but also highlighted a continuing decline in gender hiring efforts.

The annual report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at Central Florida on Wednesday gave MLS an A with 93.9 points for racial hiring in 2019 for its highest score in 15 years.

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But the gender score of 72 points for a C grade fell for the third straight time, down from 76.8 points in 2018 and 81 points as recently as 2016.

The overall grade for MLS was a B at 82.9 points, falling from a B-plus and 85 points in 2018.

TIDES director Richard Lapchick, the lead report author, called lower gender hiring numbers across men’s professional sports a “systemic problem.”




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