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American stars Morgan, Rapinoe donating salaries to charity

LONDON (AP) — World Cup winners Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe are donating one percent of their salaries to soccer charities. The Americans are the first female players to join the Common Goal movement started by Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata, who is encouraging players to pledge one percent of their pay to charities.

"As the global profile of women's football continues to grow, players like myself and Megan will have an increasing number of opportunities to use our status for good," Morgan, who plays for Orlando Pride, said in a statement on Thursday. "I'm thrilled to join Common Goal at this early stage and hope we can inspire many others to become part of the movement."

The charity initiative is growing support, with Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels also giving his backing after recognizing how a gulf can be growing between highly paid players in the men's game and supporters.

"In Europe, we've just experienced a record-breaking transfer window," Hummels said. "Some fans are starting to feel alienated from the game in light of these kinds of developments. But as more players join Common Goal, we hope to show the world that football still has its heart in the right place."

The Berlin-based streetfootballworld organization is collecting the funds.

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