Athlete Ally Pro Ambassador and US Women’s National Soccer Team co-captain and forward Megan Rapinoe is dedicated to using her platform to champion the causes she believes in, from racial justice to gender and LGBTQ equality. She’s faced backlash for speaking out, and yet remains committed to using her global platform at the Women’s World Cup and beyond for good. She exemplifies the power of athletes calling for the change they hope to see.
We’re proud to stand with pro soccer players across the US and internationally in supporting Megan through the solidarity statement below.
As athletes, allies and advocates, we stand with Megan Rapinoe and her right to speak out on the issues she believes in. Rapinoe is being told to “stick to sports,” and yet issues of discrimination affect all of us. We choose to use our platforms to champion equality and inclusion. When we stand united, we all win.
Samantha Mewis, US Women’s National Team
Robbie Rogers, US Men’s National Team (retired)
Sacha Kljestan, US Men’s National Team and Orlando City SC
Kelly Smith, England Women’s National Football Team (retired)
Hannah Wilkinson, New Zealand Women’s National Team
Carmelina Moscato, Canadian Women’s National Team (retired)
Lori Lindsey, US Women’s National Team (retired)
Joanna Lohman, US Women’s National Team (retired)
Lianne Sanderson, Juventus FC
Collin Martin, Minnesota United FC
Miguel Ibarra, Minnesota United FC
Matt Pacifici, Columbus Crew SC (retired)
Tahnai Annis, Mitchelton FC and Philippines Women’s National Team
Mandy Laddish, Utah Royals FC
Brad Stuver, NYC FC
Chris Seitz, DC United
Austin da Luz, North Carolina FC
Chris Mannella, Ottawa Fury FC
Andrew Lubahn, Loudoun United FC
Jochen Graf, Memphis 901 FC
Niall McCabe, Louisville City FC
Ben Willis, RGV FC
Chris Holmes, Wynnum Wolves
Spencer Ritchey, FC Cincinnati
This list will be updated as names are added.