Soccer: US girls’s group ‘previous the protesting part’ of anthem debate

Soccer: US women's team 'past the protesting phase' of anthem debate


The total US group, clad of their warmup jackets with the phrases “Black Lives Matter” on the entrance, stood for the nationwide anthem forward of their SheBelieves Cup recreation on Sunday after some had knelt within the match opener final Thursday.

US defender Crystal Dunn mentioned no vote was taken to cease the kneeling gesture however quite it was a collective determination by a group prepared to maneuver previous the protesting part.

“I think those that were collectively kneeling felt like we were kneeling to bring about attention to police brutality and systemic racism,” mentioned Dunn.

“We decided that moving forward we no longer feel the need to kneel because we are doing the work behind the scenes. We are combating systemic racism.

“We by no means felt we have been going to kneel ceaselessly, so there was all the time going to be a time that we felt it was time to face.”

The act of kneeling during the national anthem had all but disappeared from sport, but returned last year after George Floyd died in Minneapolis last May when a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. His death sparked protests across the United States over police brutality.

Last June, US Soccer’s board of directors voted to repeal a policy that required players to stand for the national anthem, a rule put in place after Megan Rapinoe kneeled in support of Colin Kaepernick, who popularized the gesture while playing for the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers.

Dunn, who is one of seven Black or biracial players on the U.S. team’s current 23-player roster, said she felt the squad are prepared to stand moving forward given their efforts off the field to combat systemic racism.

“Even although we’re selecting to face, it does not imply that the conversations go away, or they cease,” said Dunn.

“It’s all to say that we are actually, I feel, prepared to maneuver previous the protesting part and really transfer into placing the entire discuss into precise work.”

The United States beat Canada and Brazil of their first two video games of the SheBelieves Cup and finis the four-team round-robin match on Wednesday with a conflict towards winless Argentina.

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