Union players wear names of Black people killed by police on jerseys

A detail view of the Philadelphia Union defender Kai Wagner (27) Jersey
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By KYW Newsradio 1060

“It was done to show respect, to learn, to grow, and to make our country better. From the standpoint of that, I’m really proud of our players,” coach Jim Curtin said. 

Captain Alejandro Bedoya scored the only goal of the match, and said it was a relief to step on the field as players continue to live in bubble conditions due to COVID-19.

Our players had a message today: #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/wCVx6DPBro

— PhilaUnion (@PhilaUnion) July 9, 2020

“That anxiety comes back in. Of course, it’s worrisome. We’re human beings, right? But as soon as the whistle blows, you kind of zone out and focus on the game,” he said. 

Curtin was proud of the way his players handled the unusual conditions, which featured an early morning start and a contest with no fans in the stands.

“A lot went into the last four months in preparation in terms of the players' fitness, their mentality, their mindset, to get to this point. I hope they made the city of Philadelphia proud,” he said.