NWSL players took a knee for the national anthem and wore shirts to support the Black Lives Matter movement as the top-flight of women’s soccer in North America returned on Saturday in Utah.
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The NWSL Challenge Cup kicked off amid plenty of focus as the first major sports league in the USA to resume play during the coronavirus pandemic.
All 22 players took a knee for the national anthem before kick, as players all wore shirts supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.
Check out video of the scenes in Utah below, as several USWNT stars were in action during the first game of the month-long tournament between the North Carolina Courage and the Portland Thorns.
The tournament was supposed to feature all nine NWSL teams but the Orlando Pride pulled out of the competition after several players tested positive for COVID-19 after reportedly not following social-distancing guidelines in Florida.
This NWSL anthem kneel will grab plenty of headlines as the players took a stand in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and united as one.
Once again the NWSL and the USWNT lead the way in the fight against racism and inequality.
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