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“We took a knee today to protest racial injustice, police brutality and systemic racism against Black people and people of colour in America.' Players for ThornsFC and TheNCCourage knelt during the anthem Saturday ahead of the Challenge Cup in Utah.

“We took a knee today to protest racial injustice, police brutality and systemic racism against black people and people of colour in America. We love 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,” the Thorns and Courage said in a joint statement released before the game.

The NWSL is the first professional team sport in the United States to return amid the coronavirus outbreak. The monthlong Challenge Cup opened Saturday with a pair of games at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah.


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