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Published 4:46 p.m. ET Aug. 28, 2020
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Players from five MLS matches Wednesday conducted walk-outs, protesting the Kensoha, Wisc. police shooting of Jacob Blake.
The Black Players for Change coalition and MLS announced matches will resume Friday, ending protests assembled in solidarity with Jacob Blake, a Black man who was shot seven times Sunday by Kenosha, Wisconsin, police.
Nashville SC will to return to Nissan Stadium Sunday to play Miami in its first home match since its MLS debut Feb. 29.
MLS released a joint statement Friday with the Black Players for Change:
“On Wednesday, Aug. 26, Major League Soccer players stood in solidarity with athletes across North America, as MLS matches were postponed in recognition of the struggle for racial equality and human rights. The league, its clubs, owners and staff supported this effort and the goal of bringing recognition to these important issues.”
The statement went on to say, after deliberation between MLS, the Black Players coalition and the MLS Players’ Association, matches will resume Friday when Toronto FC visits Montreal Impact. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.
Nashville SC and Orlando City SC — the only teams that ultimately played Wednesday — kicked off at 7:30 p.m. ET. By halftime, Atlanta United, Inter Miami CF, Los Angeles Football Club, Real Salt Lake, Seattle Sounders, LA Galaxy, FC Dallas, Colorado Rapids, the Portland Timbers and the San Jose Earthquakes respectively decided not to play.
The league said Thursday it has begun an investigation into Dell Loy Hansen. The owner of Real Salt Lake, USL’s Real Monarchs and NWSL’s Utah Royals made racially charged comment Thursday on Salt Lake City’s X96 radio station, which Hansen owns.
Hansen expressed “profound disappointment” in RSL’s decision Wednesday in conjunction with LAFC not to play.