U.S. women's soccer team stands for national anthem, says it's "past the protesting phase" for social justice

by Joel Abbott · Feb 24th, 2021 11:54 am

Last Updated Feb 25th, 2021 at 4:35 am

The U.S. women's soccer team stood for the national anthem on Sunday, marking a change in their ongoing protest of social injustice in America.

The team has been kneeling in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement since last year, with only a few players choosing to stand for the anthem.

Defender Crystal Dunn said the decision was made to turn protest displays into action.

"Even though we are choosing to stand, it doesn't mean that the conversations go away, or they stop," said Dunn. "It's all to say that we are now, I think, ready to move past the protesting phase and actually move into putting all of the talk into actual work."

Dunn also said that the kneeling was "to bring about attention to police brutality and systemic racism," noting that the team had never planned "to kneel forever."

The U.S. team beat Brazil 2-0 in the Sunday game.


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