The USMNT won off the field and off Thursday night. Leading the way was the team's captain, who wore a rainbow armband to honor the LGBT community and victims of the shootings in Orlando.
Typically, the colors of these armbands are unique to clubs and countries around the world. But Bradley's rainbow armband stood in contrast, and featured "ONE NATION" written on it.
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Before the game, the USMNT also posted their own tribute video to the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting. Although much of the sports world was fixated on the NBA Finals, the LGBT community gave an overwhelming ovation to Bradley's endeavors on social media.
Michael Bradley wearing a rainbow captain's armband to honor the victims of the Orlando LGBT club: Touching gesture. pic.twitter.com/mLV6qnAqcT
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) June 17, 2016
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— MassiveCityFFC (@MassiveCityFFC) June 17, 2016
— Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) June 17, 2016
Mad respect to Michael Bradley pic.twitter.com/CYRtAk7G2j
— USWNT reactions (@USWNTreactions) June 17, 2016
Michael Bradley's Captain Armband
— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) June 17, 2016
— thrace (@thrace) June 17, 2016
— Robbie Rogers (@robbierogers) June 17, 2016
— Scott Neu (@ScottN10) June 17, 2016
— Lori Lindsey (@LoriLindsey6) June 17, 2016
After tonight's win, he should wear it the rest of the Copa. https://t.co/cxTRoeS1KQ
— Kevin (kj) Joseph (@doughboy767) June 17, 2016
— Laura Clise (@lauraclise) June 17, 2016
"But how can athletes actually support the LGBT community?" "Just look at Michael Bradley right now"
— Kiernan Ambrose (@RainmakerBones) June 17, 2016
— Matthew Doyle (@MLSAnalyst) June 17, 2016
Is it wrong to make Michael Bradley the background picture on my phone for awhile?
— gay4soccer (@gay4soccer) June 17, 2016
— CommandoBandit (@Champeyon) June 17, 2016
— Ron Waxman (@RonWaxman) June 17, 2016
— Peter Ajemian (@PeterAjemian) June 17, 2016
ayy michael bradley wearing a lgbt captains armband thats dope #respect
— arnold (@ayanga13) June 17, 2016
— Philosophy Football (@Phil_Football) June 17, 2016
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) June 17, 2016
Of course, it isn't everything, but Michael Bradley wearing a rainbow captain's armband makes me proud. It's a beautiful gesture.
— Miriti Murungi (@NutmegRadio) June 17, 2016
Class from Michael Bradley and @ussoccer with the rainbow armband on the captain
— SOCCER.COM (@soccerdotcom) June 17, 2016
Michael Bradley's rainbow armband
— Arielle Castillo (@ariellec) June 17, 2016
To top it off, the USMNT defeated Ecuador in Seattle, 2-1, to advance to the Copa America semifinals. Clint Dempsey and Gyasi Zardes had the goals for The Yanks. Bradley and the U.S. get the winner of Saturday's Argentina-Venezuela match in a Tuesday night showdown in Houston.