"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."
-- Megan Rapinoe
in response to the new U.S. Soccer
policy requiring that players must "stand respectfully" during the playing of the national anthem, a policy approved in response to Rapinoe's decision to kneel before two matches in September 2016 in
support of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick