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Black Players For Change Lead Protest At MLS Is Back Tourney

In this handout image provided by the MLS, players from throughout the league participate in a Black Lives Matter ceremony before the start of the match between Orlando City and Inter Miami as part of MLS is back Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on July 8, 2020 in Reunion, Florida. (Photo courtesy of the MLS via Getty Images)

AP – A moving demonstration before the MLS is Back tournament opener in Florida was the effort of Black Players for Change, a group of MLS players that formed in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

The group was formerly known as the Black Players Coalition of MLS, but changed its name upon partnering this week with Players Coalition, an NFL players group that is also calling attention to systemic racism in sports.

The MLS players raised their fists in silence for nearly nine minutes before the game between Inter Miami and Orlando City.