Montreal Impact coach Thierry Henry took a knee ahead of the team’s debut match on Thursday night at the MLS Is Back soccer tournament in Orlando, Florida. As other teams (and the Black Players for Change group) have done in the tournament’s previous two matches on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, Montreal Impact players wore Black Lives Matter t-shirts before play began and Thierry Henry kneeled for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. This was a tribute to George Floyd, whose death at the hands of Minneapolis police on May 25 (after pressure was applied to his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds) re-ignited the Black Lives Matter movement worldwide.
“I sat down for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, I guess you guys know why,” Henry told reporters at a press conference following the match. “That was to pay tribute and show support for the cause.”
The Montreal Impact unfortunately lost the match against New England Revolution last night. They’re scheduled to face Toronto FC on July 15 and D.C. United on July 21. The MLS Is Back tournament is following the structure of the FIFA World Cup.
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