USWNT Aug 1, 2023; Auckland, NZL; United States players during the National Anthem before a group stage match against Portugal during the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup at Eden Park. Mandatory Credit: Jenna Watson-USA TODAY Sports

Throughout the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the United States Women’s National Team has taken a lot of criticism as the majority of the players on the team have chosen not to sing along while the national anthem is played before matches. Those players once again remained silent ahead of Tuesday’s match against Portugal, and they are once again facing criticism.

As the New York Post points out, the majority of the team – with the exception of a few players – remained silent while The Star Spangled Banner played during the pre-match ceremony on Tuesday.

“In keeping with the trend of the tournament, Alex Morgan, Julie Ertz and Lindsey Horan were seen on camera singing along, though most of their teammates did not. The coaching staff also stayed silent,” the New York Post reported.

“Although most of the US team has not sung along throughout the tournament, that is rare for international soccer, where players often sing with an instrumental version of their country’s anthem. The Portuguese team gave a full-throated rendition of ‘A Portuguesa’ on Tuesday.”

Obviously, this outraged many who took to social media to express their anger and frustration with the team.

While this decision may anger people, the players are well within their rights to stand silently during the national anthem. In fact, a rule change back in 2020 actually allows them to kneel during the national anthem if they choose to do so.

[New York Post]