North Carolina Courage and Portland Thorns FC players knelt during the national anthem

North Carolina Courage and Portland Thorns FC players knelt during the national anthem

During the national anthem, players from North Carolina Courage and Portland Thorns FC knelt at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah, wearing Black Lives Matter shirts.

“We got on our knees today to protest racial injustice, police brutality and systemic racism against blacks and people of color in America,” the players said. the teams said in an electronic statement.

“We love our country and we took this opportunity to keep it at a higher level. It is our duty to demand that all the freedoms and freedoms on which this nation is based be extended to all.”

Saturday’s game kicked off the tournament’s short 30-day tournament called the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup, a change from the normally scheduled full season, which usually runs from April to October and the nine teams are scheduled to play 24 season games.

In a tweet, NWSL said, “If you haven’t heard, #BlackLivesMatter.”

Protests against racism and police brutality have taken place across the country in recent weeks following the deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks. As sports continue this summer, people are watching to see how athletes react to the national outcry when they hit the field.
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Some of NWSL’s biggest stars like it Megan Rapino and Carli Lloyd will not be participating in the tournament. Lloyd left the tournament after suffering a minor injury to her left knee. Sky Blue FC said in an electronic statement.

In a support tweet, Rapinoe said: “You like to see it. You like to see these women use their voices, demanding better for America and for black and colored people.”

North Carolina Courage won the game 2-1.

The NWSL The Challenge Cup continues Saturday at 10 p.m. ET with the Chicago Red Stars against the Washington Spirit.

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