FC Dallas hosts Nashville SC in conference matchup

Ross Houston
August 13, 2020

Earlier today, Nashville SC visited the Toyota Stadium to take on FC Dallas in a Matchday 3 fixture as they chased their first win since gaining promotion to the U.S. top-flight league. Both clubs were forced to withdraw from the event due to COVID-19 outbreaks among players and staff members.

As the fixture petered towards a draw in Dallas, Accam's deflected shot beat goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer with four minutes remaining at Toyota Stadium.

Cannon, 22, a United States global, said the MLS were aware of what both teams planned to do prior to kick-off in a game Nashville ultimately won 1-0.

Dallas have four points from three games to sit 10th in the 12-team Western Conference.

The match, which ended 1-0 to Nashville, was the first major sporting event to have fans present since MLS was suspended in March due to the coronavirus, with widespread protests having taken place in the United States during the months of downtime. The league returned to action in July for the "MLS is Back" Tournament, which was played at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. The team said it allowed a maximum of 5,110 fans to attend the game, which is less than 25% of the 20,500-seat capacity of the stadium.

The dying of George Floyd has spurred a selection of MLS gamers to kind the group Black Players for Change, which seeks to handle systemic racism in soccer and modern society.

The USMNT man added: "I'm sorry for our fans because we had someone chanting "USA" when they don't understand what kneeling means". They don't understand why we're kneeling.

Cannon revealed that the players request for the anthem not to be played before kick-off was ignored and after the game, condemned the section of fans who booed as the players took the knee. Cannon mentioned the players had questioned that it not be played ahead of the match since they didn't feel it was correct "for the anthem to be played in this minute". Millions of other people support this cause and we discussed with every other team and the league what we're going to do and we've got fans booing us in our own stadium. "They think we're the ignorant ones", Cannon said, according to the Associated Press. They cannot see the rationale. It's incredibly frustrating. I'm sorry to have this tone, but you have to call it for what it is.

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