US soccer policy requires players to stand during national anthems

Megan Rapinoe kneeling before a U.S. Soccer game in 2016 (ESPN)

United States soccer players must “stand respectfully” during the playing of pre-game national anthems under a new U.S. Soccer policy.

The change comes after Megan Rapinoe dropped to one knee during a women’s team friendly against Thailand in September. U.S. Soccer said at the time it disagreed with her decision.

At the time, Rapinoe said she was kneeling in solidarity with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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