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NWSL players kneel before anthem in return to play

NWSL Thorns Courage Soccer kneel
Posted at 3:31 PM, Jun 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-27 15:31:56-04

SANDY, Utah — Players for the Portland Thorns and the North Carolina Courage knelt during the national anthem Saturday as the National Women’s Soccer League opened the Challenge Cup tournament in Utah.

The players wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts in warmups before the game, which was nationally televised on CBS.

In addition to the anthem, the players knelt for a moment of silence before kickoff.

The teams issued a joint statement saying they wanted to protest racial injustice, police brutality and systemic racism.