Western New York Flash

“It was very intentional,” said Rapinoe. “It was a little nod to Kaepernick and everything that he’s standing for right now. I think it’s actually pretty disgusting the way he was treated and the way that a lot of the media has covered it and made it about something that it absolutely isn’t. We need to have a more thoughtful, two-sided conversation about racial issues in this country.

“Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties. It was something small that I could do and something that I plan to keep doing in the future and hopefully spark some meaningful conversation around it. It’s important to have white people stand in support of people of color on this. We don’t need to be the leading voice, of course, but standing in support of them is something that’s really powerful.”

I feel like a lot of people don’t talk about how white the USWNT has been for the most part throughout their history. A lot of that has to do with the pay to play system but I’ll leave that issue for another day. Anyways - I say all that because it was really nice to see Rapinoe show support for Kaepernick and understand that while she can’t relate to Kaepernick on race, she can still show her support as an ally. Although Pinoe has faced her own struggles as an out athlete, it’s important that white people who call themselves allies actually use their fame and power to point out issues like racism, police brutality, white supremacy, etc. So again, good for Pinoe.

Support the National Women’s Soccer League

Start going to some games! Let’s not just say “Wouldn’t it be great if women got paid more for playing sports?” and never go to a single game to help them out. Below are the season schedules for all nine teams in the league, and links to buy tickets. Go watch some soccer!

Boston Breakers (tickets)

Chicago Red Stars (tickets)

Houston Dash (tickets)

FC Kansas City (tickets)

Portland Thorns FC (tickets)

Seattle Reign FC (tickets)

Sky Blue FC - New Jersey (tickets)

Washington Spirit (tickets)

Western New York Flash (tickets)

Updated, all tickets links are valid for the 2016 Season!

*Tour guide voice*

If you look to your right, you’ll see the FCKC fans buying chastity belts for their team.

Look to the left, Sky Blue, Dash and Flash fans are trying to figure out if they are gonna have a team when the season starts.

Further ahead Red Stars and Spirits fans are hoping to fly under the radar, so nothing bad will happen to their team.

The Portland fans feels pretty optimistic about their roster, because the Morgan trade screwed everyone else over.

No one really knows what’s happening with the Breakers anymore.

Orlando fans just want the season to get started.

And in the back you have the Reign, sitting and watching the chaos unfold with a glass of wine in hand.

Welcome to pre-season.