UCLA women's soccer players kneel during national anthem

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Professional athletes like Colin Kaepernick aren’t the only ones kneeling during the national anthem.

For the second straight season, members of the UCLA women’s soccer team took a knee while the Star Spangled Banner was played during their game against Loyola Marymount University.

Two starters on the field – Kaiya McCullough and Kennedy Faulknor – as well another player and assistant coach Sam Greene on the sidelines were kneeling at the beginning of the game.

Last season, the Bruins began kneeling in their game against the Oregon Ducks on September 28.

“We’re supporting racial equality and racial justice. We make it known that the team is together and unified,” said coach Amanda Cromwell last season. “We (had) two veterans on our staff. I know the country is divided a little bit, but we honor our military by kneeling.”

UCLA’s associate head coach Joshua Walters, now the head coach at James Madison University, was a member of the National guard. Current assistant coach Jenny Bindon is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. Both knelt with the team last year before rising as the anthem played.

“We discussed it as a team that it was each individual’s choice, but as a team we’re still connected,” then-sophomore midfielder Jesse Fleming said last season.

Fleming, a member of the Canadian national team, and fellow Canadian Faulknor both knelt during multiple games last year.

“I love that our team is socially active,” Cromwell said. “We’re politically active and we support them across the board.”

UCLA would go on to beat LMU 3-0.

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