WATCH: Every Single NWSL Athlete Kneels for National Anthem

WATCH: Every Single NWSL Athlete Kneels for National Anthem


Players kneel during the National Anthem before the NWSL Challenge Cup kicked off on June 27.

The National Women’s Soccer League became the first professional sports league to return to action since the outbreak of coronavirus on Saturday. The 2020 Challenge Cup kicked off in Utah on June 27, and before the North Carolina Courage took on the Portland Thorns, every single player kneeled as the National Anthem played.

It was a moving scene at Zions Bank Stadium and for viewers watching the nationally televised match on CBS. Every athlete was also wearing a face mask.

The NC Courage released an official joint statement on Twitter on behalf of both teams after the National Anthem finished. They wrote:

“We took a knee today to protest racial injustice, police brutality, and systemic racism against black people and people of color in America. We log our country and we have taken this opportunity to hold it to a higher standard. It is our duty to demand that the liberties and freedoms this nation was founded upon are extended to everyone.”

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