‘Black Lives Matter’ the focus as pro league sports return to U.S. with NWSL Challenge Cup

Players kneel for a moment of silence prior to the first game of the NWSL Challenge Cup at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah, on Saturday, June 27, 2020. | Ryan McDonald, Deseret News

HERRIMAN — As the first pro league to return to play in the United States since March began action Saturday in the National Women’s Soccer League’s Challenge Cup, the topic of racial justice that has been at the forefront of conversation in the country took center stage.

Before Saturday morning’s first match between NC Courage and Portland Thorns FC, players donned “Black Lives Matter” T-shirts as they warmed up, and then as the national anthem began, all players from both teams except Courage goalkeeper Samantha Murphy kneeled.

As players made their way on to the field, a moment of silence was held to honor victims of racial injustice, and players (including Murphy) took a knee.

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— Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) June 27, 2020

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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