HERRIMAN, Utah — The National Women’s Soccer League opened its season Saturday, and players from the North Carolina Courage and Portland Thorns took a knee during the national anthem.
Members of the Courage coaching staff and one player on the bench did not take a knee during the anthem, the Tribune reported. A moment of silence was observed before kickoff, and every player, coach and referee took a knee, the newspaper reported.
North Carolina won the match, 2-1. The stands were empty due to the pandemic.
“Today, hopefully, it was a powerful statement,” Courage midfielder Sam Mewis told reporters after the match. “It was an emotional time and I hope that both teams’ message comes through clearly.”
Players from both teams also issued a joint statement.
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