The winger was seen standing for the national anthem against Columbus Crew, while others stood. This was Winn’s first start in Major League Soccer. It was revealed by a photo taken by The Columbus Dispatch shows.
One will wonder why Winn was standing among the remaining starting players in the midst of about 1,500 fans, who were permitted to attend the match in Columbus, Ohio after battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
Players and other crew have been kneeling since the restart of football action in the MLS in July.
Is Alan Winn under pressure?
Although kneeling has become a reoccurring action MLS players since the league returned, Saturday was Winn’s second appearance during the restart for Nashville, having appeared as a substitute for the club’s MLS debut Feb. 29 against Atlanta United.
The 24-year-old winger played 28 minutes Sept. 12 in a 4-2 win over Atlanta at Nissan Stadium.
The question one would have asked is the reason for the action, which is not following the trend. The answer couldn’t be far-fetched.
It could be recalled that fans at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on August 12, booed Nashville and FC Dallas players when all 22 starting players knelt during the anthem. This was one of the most disappointing moments in the fight against racial injustice for the players and other crew members. This was the clubs’ first match since March after the pair were withdrawn from the MLS Is Back Tournament due to respective COVID-19 outbreaks.
Such action can be seen as a setback for the campaign against the movement that sees teams having the logo and the inscription on their jerseys.