The majority of the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) stood silently with their hands clasped behind their backs during the playing of the national anthem before Friday’s Women’s World Cup opener against Vietnam.
It appears that a handful of USWNT players sang and/or held their hands over their hearts during the anthem.
THE NATIONAL ANTHEM PLAYS AT THE 2023 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP FOR THE FIRST TIME 🙌 pic.twitter.com/czqIXr5zBT
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Meanwhile, the Vietnamese players all held their hands over their hearts and sang enthusiastically during the playing of Tien Quan Ca. the Vietnamese anthem, which translates to Song of a Marching Arrmy.
Tiến Quân Ca 🎶
FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, VIETNAM'S NATIONAL ANTHEM IS PLAYED AT THE FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP! 🇻🇳