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Goalkeeper is a lonely position in soccer.

I should know, having played it in rec soccer and middle school. You always have to keep alert, but I remember occasionally eating my breakfast in goal while the ball was on the other end of the field.

It’s a matter of being the last line of defense for your team — and it rubs off on you in terms of your mentality. You have to stand a little taller. You coordinate with your teammates, obviously, but you have so much responsibility.

Few positions in sports are as singular as being a goalkeeper.

That’s the lesson from Samantha Murphy, a goalkeeper for the North Carolina Courage. If you haven’t heard of the team, you’re probably not a women’s soccer fan.

The Courage might not be the best-known franchise in America, but they’re in the top division in the women’s sport — and they have the distinction of being the first team to almost unanimously take a knee during the national anthem before a game against the Portland Thorns FC in the National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup on Saturday at Zions Bank Stadium near Salt Lake City.

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“We took a knee today to protest racial injustice, police brutality and systemic racism against Black people and people of color in America,” a joint statement from the two teams read, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “We love our country and we have taken this opportunity to hold it to a higher standard. It is our duty to demand that the liberties and freedoms this nation was founded upon are extended to everyone.”

This is ostensibly what people want in terms of displays of wokeness for public consumption. The statement was read during the CBS broadcast of the game.

This was only almost unanimous, however, inasmuch as Murphy decided to remain standing.

Some people, however, still have respect for the national anthem and what it represents. Samantha Murphy is one of those people.

The shoe is on the other foot now: However poorly it reflected on your patriotism and your sense of propriety, there was no denying that, in the Colin Kaepernick days, you opened yourself up to censure for refusing to stand during the national anthem. That’s gone now that everyone is kneeling. The real courage, it seems, is found in standing for the anthem.

Few headlines mentioned the final score. (The Courage ended up winning 2-1, for whatever it’s worth.) What they mentioned was the fact that almost every player knelt as if it were an act of courage.

The only player who lived up to her team’s moniker, however, was Samantha Murphy.

Bravo to her for standing tall for her country — and shame to those in the media who celebrated the politically expedient groupthink everyone on the field Saturday evinced.

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Patriot1951 July 4, 2020
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Thank you, Ms. Murphy, from a Patriot!
Mike July 2, 2020
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The only real women there.
Rebecca M Davis July 2, 2020
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I went to Catholic schools when I was growing up. I was taught that you kneel on your right knee to God & on your left knee to everyone else - royalty, etc. I was also taught by my parents & other adults to stand tall and proud for my flag. I respect the Red, White and Blue as a proud symbol of our country, and I always will. God bless and protect the USA, and God bless and protect Samantha Murphy!
Marilyn Stern July 2, 2020
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I admire anyone who has the courage to stand up and be counted, particularly middle school, high school, and college students because peer pressure among those groups can be vicious. It is also a time when there is a strong want, or need, to be accepted and included. It takes real courage to not give in to that pressure. Liberal coaches, teacher's and professor's can be even worse because they openly embarrass liberal students and give them reason to fear their grades will be affected or, in the case of sport's, blatant exclusion. Sadly, it is a very legitimate fear.
Gerry July 2, 2020
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Kudos to the goalkeeper !!!!! If the rest of these morons would do some research -- they would realize just how stupid and mistaken they really are. They are being used as pawns by the nwo/libtard/demoSCUM/activists and are too ignorant to know it. You are NOT showing how much you love America -- you are showing complete disrespect for it.
BWH July 2, 2020
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I’ve seen several articles about this, but this is the first I’ve read the truth, with documentation, about the one courageous young lady. Good for her.
Carolyn A Hodges July 2, 2020
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Wonder what country the kneelers would want to move to? Bet there would be people ready to help them leave!
Lisa Balla Millar July 2, 2020
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There is no racial injustice. I know a few people who lost their job as it HAD to be given to a black person. Same goes for a couple of promotions given to a black that didn't have the smarts, experience, etc. to be a supervision. The only racial injustice is toward the low-life blacks, the criminals, thugs, and the ones that are too lazy to do anything for themselves except bitch and think we owe them a living. Its those people who are crying racism as an excuse for being lazy. We have blacks in all types of jobs, from janitors to president.
Geo July 2, 2020
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She just did not want to be a sheep. Good for her. Unlike her teammates she is a real American
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