U.S. national soccer team defender Mark McKenzie a target of

  • Another soccer player has been subjected to racist abuse on social media platforms. This time its a U.S. mens national soccer team starter who has exposed it.
    Central defender Mark McKenzie shared a post on Instagram with an image of a racist me sage he received.
    The amount of racial abuse and personal attacks on myself and family https://www.rangersfanspride.com/texas-rangers-jersey/russell-wilson-jersey from supporters and non-supporters just aint it, McKenzie wrote on his Instagram Stories.

    McKenzie, 22, started for the USMNT in the Concacaf Nations League final against Mexico and played the entire match, and capture the inaugural title.
    He played on the right of a three-man center back line and his performance was bookended by two plays that came under the microscope: a second minute giveaway that led to Mexicos opening goal and a handball in the last minute of extra time that resulted ina penalty kick which was not converted https://www.rangersfanspride.com/texas-rangers-jersey/nomar-mazara-jersey by Mexico. The hand ball was not initially called by the referee and the penalty was only awarded after video review.
    Despite the early error, McKenzie recovered and logged a composed and dependable performance under tough circumstances: He had to deal with Mexico’s most skillful attackers in Tecatito Corona, Chucky Lozano and Diego Lainez.He’s expected to continue to get a run of games asone of the candidates to replace Aaron Long, who will be out with a long-term Achilles injury. McKenziestarted both the Nations League semifinal and final, https://www.rangersfanspride.com/texas-rangers-jersey/kyle-bird-jersey and he’sbeen a regular U.S. call-up since his debut in February 2020 (five total appearances).
    Last year, McKenzie was one of manyAmerican profe sional soccer players to use his voice and platform to bring awarene s https://www.rangersfanspride.com/texas-rangers-jersey/jonathan-hernandez-jersey to racial inequity and social injustice.
    "As much as I love being Black and being part of this community, it’s almost a burden at times because you feel you have to do that much more in order to be seen, or to be seen as equal, ,during which he shared incidents of racist abuse he experienced in youth matches. That’s a drastic statement but it’s a real statement. Whether it’s the workforce or https://www.rangersfanspride.com/texas-rangers-jersey/prince-fielder-jersey if I’m walking down the street. If I’m walking with a beanie on and a hoodie, I may be seen as a threat. It’s a real i sue and it hits home because it’s my life it’s who I am."
    The storiesof racist abuse on social media have been persistent in recent months. Leagues and clubs in England have gone as far as boycotting social media platforms after Black players reported being subject to abuse.
    McKenzie plays his club soccer withBelgium power Genk after coming through as a Philadelphia Union homegrown player in Major League Soccer. The Union transferred him to Genk in January 2021 for a reported $6 million fee and in his first season in Belgium, McKenzie won the Belgian Cup and helped the team qualify for next seasons UEFA Champions https://www.rangersfanspride.com/texas-rangers-jersey/jurickson-profar-jersey League qualifying round. He made a total of 16 appearances acro s all competitions, starting Genks final three league matches.

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