Julie Ertz And Casey Short Shared An Emotional Moment During The National Anthem

The NWSL Challenge Cup started with a bang on multiple fronts. Along with the amazing soccer played, the teams made an impressive stance in support of the Black Lives Matter movement

During the playing of the national anthem of both opening matches on Saturday, most players took a knee in a demonstration of solidarity against racial injustice.

More noticeably, Casey Shot and Julie Ertz were captured in a very intimate moment before the kickoff between Chicago Red Stars and Washington Spirit. The two shared an embrace and shed tears while kneeling.

While this moment was important and touching; the coverage of it was subpar. The clip was featured as one of the highlights for the match. 

A lot of backlash came at the NWSL for marketing such a profound and private moment as a consumable highlight.

As a response, a new highlight video was uploaded that didn’t have the clip with Julie Ertz and Casey Short, which is encouraging. Mistakes happen, and it’s nice to see when companies actually try to fix them.

Following this, the NWSL responded again by ‘tweaking’ the flexibility of the national anthem.

The anthem will still be played, but players now have the choice to be on the field or in the locker room.

The NWSL is built on diversity and inclusion. Such a monumental step for players to demonstrate their views is encouraging.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: We love to see it.

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