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Ex-USMNT star Alexi Lalas deletes NWSL national anthem tweet, apologizes for 'hurt or anger it caused'

Alexi Lalas heard the criticism loud and clear.The former U.S. men’s national team star and current soccer pundit deleted a tweet that seemed to suggest he was against the unified display by two National Women’s Soccer League teams to kneel during the national anthem as the league kicked off its Challenge Cup in Utah on Saturday.“Now it takes courage to actually stand for the national anthem,” Lalas wrote after the starting 11 for both the North Carolina Courage and the Portland Thorns took a knee during the pre-game playing of the “Star Spangled Banner.”“Today I watched an American profession…

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