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USMNT back Cannon ‘disgusted’ at boos for kneeling Dallas, Nashville

Players booed for kneeling

FRISCO, TX - AUGUST 12: FC Dallas Team (R) and Nashville SC Team get to their knees during the national anthem prior the game game between FC Dallas and Nashville SC as part of the Major League Soccer 2020 at Toyota Stadium on August 12, 2020 in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Omar Vega/Getty Images)

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UPDATE: MLS commissioner Don Garber released a statement on Thursday: “As we have stated consistently over many years, Major League Soccer supports players and staff who protest peacefully on behalf of equality and social justice. Some of the comments made on social media following the match were appalling. We want to be very clear that MLS will not tolerate any abuse or threats to any individual player or team who decides to exercise their right to peaceful protest during the playing of the national anthem or any other pregame ceremony.”

FC Dallas also released a statement.

FC Dallas and USMNT defender Reggie Cannon was outraged as some fans booed players kneeling during the national anthem as crowds returned to MLS in Frisco, Texas, on Wednesday.

“I think it was disgusting. I think it was absolutely disgusting,” Cannon said, via

David Accam’s late goal gave Nashville SC its first win in Major League Soccer as both FCD and Nashville returned to the pitch for the first time since MLS withdrew them from the MLS is Back tournament due to positive COVID-19 test results.

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Many players and staff around the sports world have been taking a knee during the American national anthem or after their opening kickoffs in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement after the killing of George Floyd in late May. Floyd was a Texan.

Here’s Cannon:

“You got fans booing you for people taking a stand for what they believe in. Millions of other people support this cause and we discussed with every other team and the league what we’re going to do and we’ve got fans booing us in our own stadium. How disgraceful is that? Honestly, for lack of a better word, it pissed me off. ... You can’t even have support from your own fans in your own stadium. It’s baffling to me.”

The two sides play at the same location at 8:30 pm ET Sunday.

Quite the veteran finish from Accam to win it.