Megan Rapinoe will abide by USSF anthem policy

The Equalizer Staff March 6, 2017 14
Megan Rapinoe announced Monday that she intends to abide by US Soccer's new national anthem policy. (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

Megan Rapinoe announced Monday that she intends to abide by US Soccer’s new national anthem policy. (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

In a statement released by her agent Megan Rapinoe said she intends to abide by U.S. Soccer’s new policy which legislates all players and federation representatives stand respectfully during the national anthems. Last fall after Rapinoe took a knee during the national anthem, the federation put out a statement saying they expected players to stand. But until the weekend there was no official policy in place.

Rapinoe’s statement reads:

“It is an honor to represent the USA and all that we stand for — to be able to pull on the red, white and blue to play a game that I love. I will respect the new bylaw the leadership at USSF has put forward. That said, I believe we should always value the use of our voice and platform to fight for equality of every kind,”

Rapinoe has not played a match for the U.S. in 2017. She was in the January camp but did not get called in for SheBelieves. Head coach Jill Ellis told ESPN’s Julie Foudy that Rapinoe  “just needs time work her way back in & to get game fit.” Many fans were skeptical of that reasoning especially after Ellis fast tracked Rapinoe’s recovery from ACL surgery in late 2015 to include her on the Olympic roster without so much as a warmup match under her belt.

The next U.S. camp is in April. The statement did not mention whether or not Rapinoe would continue to kneel before NWSL matches. Last week ESPN reported that Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback who began the kneeling protests last summer, intends to stand during the anthem again this season.

  • guest

    Unless there is a senior tour, she won’t be back with the team any time soon. Her game has been going south and she needs to it light up on her club team before she can justify a spot, which is unlikely to happen. People can use the kneeling excuse for her exclusion from the team but the fact of the matter is, Heath owns her spot now and there are too many good players who are younger and faster players who can play on the wing that are more deserving of the position. Many people remember the goals Megan scored when she was in her prime. However, they tend to forget how inconsistent she can be and her liability on the defense.

    • mockmook

      “she needs to it light up on her club team before she can justify a spot”


      You obviously haven’t been watching the USA over the last few years.

    • dw

      Current CBA is still in effect, and she is a named player on the squad.

    • Guest

      Her last time playing healthy was the victory tour. “Her game has been going South”. She has played in a handful of games since coming back from a major injury…….

  • Paul Atkinson

    Nevertheless, she persisted.

  • Tiggybeaar

    Of course she will now that she knows shes not indispensable to Jill. She can see the writing on the wall and is panicking. Hahaha.

  • guest

    i always knew megan rapinoe was an attention-seeking fraud.

    • guest

      the minute megan rapinoe starts losing money and risks losing uswnt allocation she decides to end her anthem protest. very convenient.

    • AlexH

      Hey let’s give her the benefit of the doubt. Maybe the reason she has chosen to stand is that she now can. It’s her way of saying, “Hey Jill, you thought I was indispensable hopping around on one leg, just think what I can do with two!”

  • dw

    This is the #1 sports story on the Comcast home page. What a farce.

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  • CED

    Rapinoe’s day sare numbered anyway regardless of this issue

  • Cc W

    Spoken as someone who realized she may not get another paycheck unless she changed her stance.

  • truf

    horrible decision from USsoccer, who continue to make poor decisions across the board. from coaches, development to salaries of it’s players.
    My father, grandfather and uncle, all vets, fought for our freedom to support and to criticize this imperfect but great country that has marginalized blacks and lgbt for centuries.