And so another American election cycle comes to a close. It was a particularly wild ride this time around for a lot of reasons. Here are some of the reactions from NT players.
Tim Howard: "I wouldn't have voted for Trump if I had voted, but there it is." #usmnt— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) November 9, 2016
Omar Gonzalez and Jozy Altidore both retweeted this:
Very proud that this is the exceptionally diverse team that will represent America on Friday pic.twitter.com/l7CqhARjAw— Blake Thomsen (@blakecthomsen) November 9, 2016
While DeAndre Yedlin retweeted this hope:
As you might imagine, players were a little more vocal on the WNT side:
I am proud to have voted for Hillary Clinton. Thank you for being my, and so many others, champion.— Becky Sauerbrunn (@beckysauerbrunn) November 9, 2016
Let me just close my eyes and pray the world still exists tomorrow— Crystal Dunn (@crysdunn_19) November 9, 2016
I'm devastated...I woke up with a broken heart today. #StrongerTogether— Ali Krieger (@alikrieger) November 9, 2016
There were plenty of other players who simply encouraged others to vote without necessarily endorsing one candidate over another. Considering these athletes often directly represent the United States by wearing the flag and USSF crest, you can bet some of them probably have a strong emotional investment in the state of the country. Many of them are people likely to be affected by this election as women, people of color, or descendants of immigrants.
Both the men and the women play this week, the women in a friendly against Romania and the men in their big Hex clash with Mexico. Regardless of election outcomes, sports roll on, but the players are people first and many of them showed their more human sides in their reactions.