The United States women’s soccer team has received a reputation for its ‘woke’ behavior. From kneeling for the national anthem to a very public fight about difference in pay from the men’s soccer team, to throwing an American flag on the ground before a photo op, the team doesn’t generally seem too proud to represent the U.S. of A.
Their streak of resistance continued when only one player out of the whole team and staff stood before the team played Australia in the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday. “U.S. women’s soccer star Carli Lloyd stunned fans on Thursday as it appeared she was the only American player standing before the team’s match,” writes Fox News.
“It appeared the rest of her teammates decided to kneel as a protest against racism and discrimination before the bronze-medal match against Australia.” Lloyd stood next to the referee of the match and the entire Australian soccer team stood in unity, whereas the American team knelt spread throughout the field.
Here's an angle that says it all.
This is likely Lloyd's final major competition. She single-handedly won two final matches for USWNT. She goes out, standing tall. pic.twitter.com/5qXWySqv9q
— Edward Chang (@Edward_Chang_8) August 5, 2021
One Twitter user posted a photograph with a large red arrow pointing to Lloyd standing before the match. “ALL the USWNT players and staff knelt. All except Cali Lloyd. To say Lloyd is a ‘somebody’ on the team is an understatement. Also surprised to see Australia didn’t kneel and are actually standing in solidarity opposite the U.S. Not sure what’s going on here. But interesting.”
Lloyd scored just as the first half of the game was ending and then again soon after the second half began. “She became the first U.S. women’s soccer player to score in four different Olympics. It was the 10th Olympic goal for Lloyd, breaking a record previously held by Abby Wambach” reports Fox News. Lloyd certainly had a lot to stand proudly for.
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