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MLK Day: One Nation. One Team.


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“I have a Dream.” These four words, simple yet profound, echo especially loud today. In an era of great need, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s timeless message of equality and love animated a world previously stuck in black and white. On this MLK Day, U.S. Men’s National Team players took a moment to share how Dr. King’s words left an imprint on their lives, and to honor a man who made it possible for a team of all colors, languages, cultures and creeds to come together to represent one nation as one team.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
 
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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“He fought for equal rights for everybody. To be on a team made up of so many different ethnicities and religions, and that we’re able to get along, is a beautiful thing. So we owe a lot to Martin Luther King for the way he changed people and how they view things, allowing people to embrace one another for who they are on the inside and not what’s on the outside.”
- Clint Dempsey

“Let freedom ring!”
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Growing up in Georgia and with Dr. Martin Luther King being from there, in the early stages of my life my parents would tell me about him, and how when they grew up and came to the country times were different. There’s a lot of history in the South with the movement for racial equality, and raising me on the principles of his vision and learning what he went through gave me insight into how I should be as an individual.”
- Sean Johnson 

“The ultimate measure of a man is
not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience,
but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Whether you lose people in your life, whether you get injuries, or you get cut from teams, just the highs and lows, it’s something that everybody deals with – that rollercoaster of the ups and downs. Just try to keep a level head, keep fighting and grinding. I think the things that you work the hardest toward hold the most value in the end. He definitely had that fighting spirit to be able to stand up and speak when his life was threatened.”

- Clint Dempsey 

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

“Courage is what we need to show when we travel to other countries and hostile environments needing to get results. So you can make similarities there, but at the same time, it’s easier to go out and play a sport that you love to do than it is to go out there and try to change the world like he did.”
- Clint Dempsey 

“Deep down in our nonviolent creed is the conviction there are
some things so dear, some things so precious, some things so eternally true,
that they’re worth dying for.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“We’re still climbing and trying to get better, and we’ve taken a lot of strides from when he was alive, but I still think we’ve got a long way to go. To be able to play next to somebody from a different walk of life though, I think, is special. I think Dr. King would be proud.”
- Sean Johnson 

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WNT Behind the Lens: 2017 in Photos

Hello everyone,

My name is Brad Smith and I am the official photographer of the U.S. Women's National Team. I joined the WNT as a full-time staff member back in March of 2015 and it has been an incredible experience so far. For this year in review, the choices I made are subjective and personal. They include on-and-off the field moments, and capture the emotions and experiences that players and fans alike navigated in 2017. Some are also just cool photos, but I'm also probably a little bit biased. I hope you enjoy my picks, and I’ll see you all (more than likely through my lenses) in 2018! 

- Brad Smith, U.S. WNT Photographer



January 2017

"Does it rain much in Los Angeles? No, but the team seemed to have no trouble finding it there last January Camp." 


February 2017

"I’m always on the lookout for something different. Gym sessions are just that. 
Then when you add some soft window light to a shadow boxing Ashlyn Harris, you get something special."


March 2017

"When you practice at a college campus, word travels fast. During training at the University of Maryland,
a deserted pitch soon became a surrounded stadium." 


April 2017

"Winners on the field, winners off the field. While the team was in Frisco, we made a special visit to a local hospital. 
Rose Lavelle even got a dance lesson."


April 2017

"One of my favorite action photos of the year because it’s such a story-telling image. Not only does it have fantastic action, 
but as you look over Allie Long to the right you realize the ball is going in for a goal over the keeper. "

One of my favorite action photos of the year because it’s such a story-telling image. 
Not only does it have fantastic action, but as you look over Allie Long to the right you realize the ball is going in for a goal over the keeper. 
One of my favorite action photos of the year because it’s such a story-telling image. 
Not only does it have fantastic action, but as you look over Allie Long to the right you realize the ball is going in for a goal over the keeper. 
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WNT Dec 14, 2017
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