USWNT’s Megan Rapinoe kneels for national anthem before Thailand match

Midfielder Megan Rapinoe chose to kneel during the national anthem ahead of the U.S. women’s national team’s match against Thailand on Thursday night.

Rapinoe recently knelt ahead of an NWSL match two weeks ago in solidarity with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his stance against racial inequality and police treatment toward blacks in America. She did so again before the U.S.’s match in Columbus, Ohio.

Rapinoe told ESPN Wednesday that she was still unsure what she would do ahead of the Thailand friendly after telling SI last week that she intended to kneel.

Rapinoe told ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap that it would be “more meaningful” to do something during a national team game than a club game, but she indicated that it might not involve taking a knee. Per SI’s Grant Wahl, U.S. Soccer communicated to Rapinoe that it would find taking a knee would be disrespectful and that doing so would take attention away from Heather O’Reilly’s final game with the national team.



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