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Jeff Carlisle: U.S. Soccer to consider repealing ban on players kneeling

The policy was adopted in response to U.S. women’s national team midfielder Megan Rapinoe’s kneeling for the national anthem before a 2016 match against Thailand. She did so in a bid to show solidarity with then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who took a knee during the anthem prior to NFL games to protest racial inequality. Rapinoe did the same several times with her club, the Seattle Reign, now

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What US Soccer needs is a much larger overhaul. Heather O’Reilly, who was on the Athlete Council that voted for Cordeiro, said US Soccer should go through “a lengthy process of reorganization”. She’s right, but the federation has resisted it for this long – why should anything change now?

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