I am confident that for all of the NWSL teams with MLS siblings, each sibling is a separately incorporated business entity. There would be legitimate business reasons for having the teams separately incorporated (such as to insulate them from each others’ problems). So the employers would be different. Plus, the NWSL players, at least, are not employees of the teams. They are employees of the NWSL, which organizationally is completely separate from MLS. So I do not see an equal pay problem for teams like the Thorns (or Dash or Pride). This is different than the USSF, which is a single entity that employs both male and female players.