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The United States Women’s National Team has faced criticism throughout their run through the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup as several players have chosen to remain silent during the playing of the national anthem ahead of matches, and it happened again during Tuesday’s match against Portugal.

As the New York Post reports, the majority of the United States Women’s National Team chose to remain silent as The Star Spangled Banner played ahead of Tuesday’s match against Portugal, as they did the previous two matches against Vietnam and the Netherlands.

“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.”

United States defender Naomi Girma, who has chosen not to sing the national anthem, explained the decision last week, making it clear that every player has the choice whether or not to sing.

“I think when we’re out there we’re preparing for the game, and that isn’t the focus,” Girma said. “So ultimately, every player has the choice.”

With the draw against Portugal, the USWNT advanced out of the group and will play in the knockout round of the World Cup this weekend.

[New York Post]