When the 'Caps finally take to the pitch again on Wednesday evening, they will be playing for more than the crest on their chest.
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The players will make a statement with a personal touch on a special “MLS Unites” jersey patch. In addition to the MLS, MLS WORKS and MLS Players’ Association logos, it contains a blank space for players to write the name of someone they want to honour with an inspirational message.
The messages and names will be scribbled in various languages, like Inbeom Hwang and Ali Adnan electing to write their statements in South Korean and Arabic, respectively.
Tomorrow night is about more than sport. It's about using our voice. ✊— Vancouver Whitecaps FC (@WhitecapsFC) July 15, 2020
For Ali Adnan, it's about honouring two Iraqi footballing legends who lost their lives to COVID-19.
Rest in peace, Ali Hadi and Ahmed Radi. 💙#VWFC pic.twitter.com/bsCkUupXM6
A number of statements touch on social justice - Jake Nerwinski's says "EVERYONE vs. racism".
Others are donning personal inspirations - Maxime Crepeau is honouring his wife's grandfather, who recently passed away, while his fellow keeper Thomas Hasal will be playing with his mother's name on his back as she fights in the frontline as a doctor in Saskatoon.
Russell Teibert's jersey patch says "xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw səl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ #solidarity" for the first half. The City of Vancouver is on the traditional territories of three local tribes and nations that comprise the Coast Salish peoples, indigenous to the Pacific Northwest Coast: Musqueam, Squamish Nation, and Tsleil-Waututh.
In the second half, Teibert's patch will say MMIW, which stands for "Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women."
See below for a complete list.
|#||NAMEPLATE||PATCH (1st half/ 2nd half)||BACKGROUND INFO|
|1||MEREDITH||Say their names|
|3||GUTIERREZ||Sin Justicia No Hay Paz||Without justice there is no peace|
|4||VESELINOVIC||Hvala svim zdravstvenim radnicima!!||Thank you to all the health professionals!!|
|6||INBEOM||모두가 평등한 삶||An equal life for all|
|7||MILINKOVIC||Stop au racisme, on est tous pareil||Stop racism, we are all the same|
|13||CORNELIUS||Equality / Anti-Racist|
|14||BAIR||Harriet Tubman / Breonna Taylor|
|16||CREPEAU||Claude Dagenais 1946-2020||Wife's grandfather who recently passed away|
|17||L. OWUSU||George Floyd|
|20||KHMIRI||ضد العنصرية||Against racism|
|22||GODOY||There comes a time when silence is betrayal||Quote from Martin Luther King Jr.|
|28||NERWINSKI||EVERYONE vs. racism|
|29||REYNA||Paz y amor||Peace and love|
|31||TEIBERT||xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw səl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ #solidarity / MMIW||Tribes and nations whose territories Vancouver is on. Missing and murdered Indigenous women|
|32||METCALFE||Kory Nagata / Katrina Formosa||Nagata was a friend who recently passed away while retrieving a football in the river. Formosa is an ICU nurse.|
|51||HASAL||Dr. Simona Hasal / I will never understand, however I stand.||Mother working in the frontline in Saskatoon|
|53||ALI ADNAN||احمد راضي علي هادي||Ahmed Radi and Ali Hadi, Iraqi football legends who succumbed to COVID-19|
|55||BALDISIMO||Rocha Lazaro / Thank you frontline workers||Lazaro is a nurse at BC Children's Hospital.|
|62||PECILE||Unity / Love|