Carrying T-shirts with the names of black folks victims of police brutality, the Philadelphia Union defeated New York Metropolis FC 1-Zero on Thursday on the second day of the resumption event of the American Soccer League (MLS).
American midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, whose captain’s armband was inscribed with the names of 30 African-American individuals who have been killed by police, scored the Union’s profitable objective within the 63rd minute.
With this consequence, the Philadelphia franchise is in second place in Group A after Orlando Metropolis, which defeated Inter Miami 2-1 on Wednesday within the opening recreation of the ‘MLS is Again’ event (MLS is again), It has a World Cup fashion format with group stage and knockout phases.
The event, which takes place behind closed doorways on the Disney World sports activities advanced (Orlando), marks the return of MLS after the suspension of its common season because of the coronavirus pandemic on March 12, with solely two days performed.
Earlier than the conflict, Union footballers warmed up in black jerseys with the inscription “Black Lives Matter” after which revealed their white uniforms which, as an alternative of their very own final names, have been worn by victims of police brutality, like (Eric) Garner or (Alton) Sterling.
On the backside of the shirts, beneath the final names, the message was inscribed: “One identify, too many”.
The ‘MLS is Again’ event kicked off on Wednesday with one other collective demonstration of assist for the ‘Black Lives Matter’ motion, with dozens of footballers from Inter, Orlando Metropolis and representatives of the opposite franchises leaping onto the pitch in protest shirts and staging a synchronized protest of greater than eight minutes wherein they raised their fists and knelt silently.
On the grass, the Philadelphia staff managed to beat New York Metropolis FC with a shot from Bedoya from inside the realm, in a recreation marked by excessive ranges of warmth and humidity and that, for the primary time within the historical past of MLS , began at 9 within the morning.
Thursday will finish with the match between the Montreal Impression, led by Frenchman Thierry Henry, and the New England Revolution, which is able to open Group C and begin at 20:00 native time (00H00 GMT).