Chicago Red Stars teammates Casey Short and Julie Ertz shared a very emotional moment just before Saturday’s National Women’s Soccer League match.
Short and Ertz embraced each other as they took a knee during the Anthem while sporting Black Lives Matter t-shirts.
Players from both the Red Stars and the Washington Spirit took knees as the Star Spangled Banner played ahead of the match.
Julie’s husband, Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, stood behind his wife on Twitter.
“We took a knee today to protest racial injustice, police brutality, and systemic racism against Black people and people of color in America,” the NSWL players said in a statement. “We love our country and we have taken this opportunity to hold it to a higher standard. It is our duty to demand that the liberties and freedoms this nation was founded upon are extended to everyone.”