This new US Soccer "stand for the anthem or else" policy is silly, as is the fact that punishment for disobeying the edict will not be uniform. Not only is this policy decidedly un-American, it's all set up to be unevenly judged. And I hate to break it to Soccer House, but (whether or not it is intended to be) it also reeks of being one more way to exert control over the ladies.
NEWSFLASH: Forced nationalism (on a case-by-case basis, no less) is not patriotic and protest is not inherently disrespectful.
Thumbs down. Unreservedly.
- Greg Seltzer