The starting members of the U.S. women’s national soccer team stood, rather than knelt, for the playing of the national anthem on Sunday as players agreed to move “past the protesting phase” over alleged “systemic racism.”
The 11 starting members of the women’s national team collectively stood for the anthem prior to their Sunday victory against Brazil in the United States’ second match of the SheBelieves cup. The team dressed in warmups emblazoned with the slogan “Black Lives Matter” across the front. U.S. defender Crystal Dunn later explained that the team “collectively” decided against kneeling in protest to “actually move into putting all of the talk into actual work,” according to ESPN.
“I think those that were collectively kneeling felt like we were kneeling to bring about attention to police brutality and systemic racism,” Dunn said. “I think we decided that moving forward we no longer feel the need to kneel because we are doing the work behind the