A day after U.S. men's national team captain Michael Bradley came out in opposition
President Donald Trump
's travel ban on citizens from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan entering the United States for 90 days, the MLS Players Union issued a statement
Monday from executive director Bob Foose
in support of
Bradley: "We are deeply concerned, both specifically for our players who may be impacted, and more broadly for all people who will suffer as a result of the travel ban implemented on
Friday. Details on the practical impact of the ban are still emerging, and we are still sorting through the potential impact on our players and their families. We are extremely disappointed by the ban
and feel strongly that it runs counter to the values of inclusiveness that define us as a nation. We are very proud of the constructive and measured manner in which Michael Bradley
expressed his feelings on the ban. It is our deepest hope that this type of strong and steady leadership will help to guide us through these difficult times."
MLS has two players that
represent Iran and Iraq internationally -- Toronto FC's Steven Beitashour
and Columbus Crew midfielder Justin Meram
, respectively -- though both are American-born and exempt from the
Other national team players based in MLS came out against the travel ban: Alejandro Bedoya
, the son of Colombian parents, and Sacha Kljestan
, whose father fled
Yugoslavia, told Four Four Two
they agreed with Bradley.
Kljestan said after the USA's 0-0 tie with Serbia, "I play against Serbia, the country of my father, who came to the U.S. illegally himself and built himself a life here. America is the land of
opportunity, and I don't think we're the type of country that should shut our borders to anybody. I think we should welcome everybody here to our soil to live the American dream.”
Several MLS players -- Portland's Darlington Nagbe and New England's Kei Kamara-- were refugees from war-torn West Africa. New refugees are banned from entering the country for
Nagbe was born in Liberia, where his father was a soccer star. Tamara joined his mother in California from Sierra Leone.
On Sunday at the USA-Serbia game in San Diego, U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati would not comment directly on the
travel ban or how international reaction to Trump's policy might impact the USA's plans to bid for the 2026 World Cup, but on Monday he tweeted a picture from his annual Thanksgiving dinner he hosts
for students at Columbia University, where he teaches economics.