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Team USA, Ireland Don 'Pride' Jerseys During Friendly Match

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    The United States huddle during the International Friendly match between the Republic of Ireland and The United States at Aviva Stadium on June 2, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

    The United States and Ireland battled on the soccer pitch Saturday in a friendly match, and the team’s paid tribute to LGBT rights by wearing special jerseys in honor of the start of Pride Month.

    The jerseys, which featured numbers colored with the rainbow flag, were worn during a match at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on Saturday afternoon:

     

    The men’s and women’s teams will wear the Pride jerseys in other friendlies this month, including a June 9 game against France.

    The Irish team also wore the Pride jerseys on their home field:

     

    “Not just a number, this is a statement,” the FA Ireland said. “Ireland, supporting LGBT rights.”

    The Irish squad ended up winning Saturday’s friendly on a late goal from Alan Judge, securing a 2-1 victory.

    The American squad will take on France in Lyon on June 9, just days before the French squad heads to Russia for the FIFA World Cup. Meanwhile, Ireland will be off the pitch until September, when they take on Wales in a Friendly as part of the 2018 UEFA Nations League. 

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