Before the team’s first game in 261 days, most of the starting players confirmed this.
Nine of the team’s eleven starting players knelt during the US national anthem ahead of their game against the Netherlands on Friday. Defender Kelley O’Hara and midfielder Julie Ertz were the only starters standing.
Superstar Alex Morgan knelt on the sidelines along with some of her teammates and team members.
The two starters who stood on Friday had mixed reactions to the anthem this year. Ertz knelt next to her Chicago Red Stars teammate Casey Short in June. O’Hara has been criticized for being one of the few Utah Royals FC players to stand during the National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup.
O’Hara stands next to her kneeling teammates from Utah Royals FC.
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The US Football Association recently lifted its request that national team players not be allowed to protest in any way during « The Star-Spangled Banner ». «
Shortly after striker Megan Rapinoe kneeled alongside Colin Kaepernick as one of the first professional athletes during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice in America, the association banned such demonstrations.
About four years later, US football apologized to Rapinoe for handling their demonstrations.
Megan Rapinoe kneels during the anthem in 2016.
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Before the eagerly anticipated matchup against the Netherlands on Friday, the 23 players who had made the trip overseas wore « Black Lives Matter » warm-up jackets.
In a video released by the team, the players stated that the decision to wear the words « Black Lives Matter » over their chests is not a political decision, but rather a human rights statement. «
« As a team, we are working towards a society in which American ideals are upheld and black lives are no longer systematically oriented, » said the players in the video. « Together we acknowledge the injustice as this is the first step in correcting it. «
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