KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Kansas City Current have stepped out in support of Kansas City teen Ralph Yarl.
On Sunday, Current players wore black armbands with the teenager’s last name on them against the Orlando Pride. Goalkeeper Cassie Miller and defender Hailie Mace said it was a player-led initiative to support Yarl and his family.
“The entire team was behind it and we are happy to be supporting at this time,” Mace said.
“It’s 10 minutes away from [the Current’s practice facility] so anything that we can do for him, for his family, we just wanted to show that we’re here,” Miller said.
Current officials have stated that the club is also in support of the players’ choice to wear the armbands.
“It’s really beautiful that we as a club show this today and I think it gave us even more power on the pitch to feel like a unit with KC,” head coach Caroline Sjöblom said.
The 16-year-old was shot when attempting to pick up his siblings from the wrong home after getting the address confused.
The Current joins several celebrities, politicians and big-name athletes including Vice President Kamala Harris and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes in giving their support to Yarl and his family.