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U.S. national teams to wear pride-inspired uniforms in June friendlies

3:34 AM MYT 27/05/2017
Michael Bradley USA
The men's and women's teams will wear rainbow numbers in recognition of LGBTQ Pride Month, and the jerseys will be available in a charity auction

The U.S. national teams will both wear pride-inspired rainbow-colored numbers on their jerseys during June friendlies, U.S. Soccer announced Friday.

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The men will sport the jerseys in a World Cup-qualifying warm-up against Venezuela on June 3, while the women will don the shirts in friendlies against Sweden on June 8 and Norway three days later.

The game-issued shirts will then be available in an online charity auction. It's part of several initiatives planned in a partnership between U.S. Soccer and the You Can Play Project in recognition of LGBTQ Pride Month in June. 

Following last summer's Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Michael Bradley wore a rainbow-colored captain's armband during the U.S.'s Copa America match against Ecuador. The armband was auctioned off and proceeds used to help organizations assisting victims in the aftermath of the attack.