All players kneel during national anthem at NWSL Challenge Cup opener

All players kneel during national anthem at NWSL Challenge Cup opener

Unlike MLS, which will not play the national team before games when it resumes play on July 8 in Florida, the NWSL said on Friday that it would play the national anthem before Challenge Cup games and support the players in whatever they chose to do.

Portland Thorns FC midfielder Lindsey Horan (10) heads the ball away from North Carolina Courage forward Lynn Williams (9) during the first half at Zions Bank Stadium.

The players then took the field and once again kneeled for a moment of silence for victims of police brutality while wearing black armbands in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Later on Saturday, players from Washington Spirit and Chicago Red Stars also joined the protest.

The National Women's Soccer League on Saturday in Utah became the first major USA -based team sports concern to return to active competition following the shutdown necessitated in March by the COVID-19 pandemic. She said she wanted to express solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who took a knee during the anthem to bring attention to racial inequality. Earlier this month, both the National Football League and US Soccer overturned their bans on kneeling.

"We took a knee today to protest racial injustice, police brutality, and systemic racism in opposition to Black men and women and people today of color in The usa", the gamers of the two teams said in an on-line assertion.

The NWSL is the first professional team sports league to return amid the coronavirus outbreak. There was a touching moment when Chicago's Julie Ertz consoled teammate Casey Short, who was overcome by emotion.

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The game was a scoreless tie until the 75th minute, when Debinha scored to give the Courage, the two-time defending league champions, a 1-0 lead.

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Courage forward Jessica McDonald, who was on the USA national team that won the World Cup last summer in France, did not play because of a thigh injury.

Some of the NWSL's greatest stars like Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd will not take part in the tournament.

Players also wore Black Lives Matter shirts during the playing of the anthem, which was performed on a saxophone. This is just the start.

"Me and Sam have been working for years to try to get on the same page", Williams said.

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