CHICAGO (July 9, 2017) – The U.S. Women’s National Team autographed, game-issued and pride-inspired rainbow numbered jerseys from the June matches vs. Sweden and Norway are now available via an online auction with all proceeds going to benefit the You Can Play Project.
In recognition of LGBTQ month in June, U.S. Soccer, along with the U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association and the Women's National Team Players Association partnered with the You Can Play Project, an organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, coaches, and fans without regard for sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
The online charity auction launched today, Saturday, July 8 and will last seven days, concluding in the afternoon of Saturday, July 15. The bidding will start at $300 for each jersey.
Proceeds will be donated to the You Can Play Project.
The U.S. Men’s National Team also wore the pride inspired jerseys during its friendly vs. Venezuela on June 3 in a match played at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. The auction for the MNT Jerseys concluded on July 5, 2017, with all proceeds also going to the You Can Play Project.
In addition, fans can purchase customized jerseys with the rainbow numbers through ussoccerstore.com.
As a long-time supporter of the LGBTQ community, U.S. Soccer promoted the hashtag #OneNation in support of the victims of the Pulse Night Club shooting in June of 2016. U.S. MNT captain Michael Bradley wore a special rainbow armband with the One Nation inscription, and auctioned off the armband and his jersey.
Panini America is the official trading card partner of U.S. Soccer. Through Panini Authentic, the company’s memorabilia division, these match-issued and autographed U.S. Soccer jerseys have been authenticated, hologrammed and packaged for this special auction.