After a moving tribute organized by MLS’s Black Players Coalition before the opening game of the MLS is Back Tournament on Wednesday, the Philadelphia Union honoured Black victims of police brutality ahead of their match on Thursday.
Prior to their match against New York City FC, Union players unveiled special jerseys with surnames such as Floyd, Rice, Garner, Gray and Castile in place of their own names.
The players also sported a hand-written message of “One name, too many” under each jersey number.
Union captain Alejandro Bedoya wore a custom armband with more names of victims during the match as well.
The MLS is Back Tournament kicked off Wednesday with Orlando City defeating Inter Miami 2-1. It’s the first time the league has staged games since the 2020 season was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.