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17th Jun 2016

US captain Michael Bradley wore a special armband to honour Orlando massacre victims

Classy tribute

Darragh Murphy

Michael Bradley wanted to honour the memories of those who lost their lives in Orlando in the early hours of Sunday morning.

50 people were killed and 53 wounded when a gunman opened fire in a LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida last weekend.

The attack was targeted at Orlando’s LGBT community on a Latinx night at Pulse nightclub, a devastating loss for LGBT people all over the world.

On Thursday night US captain Bradley decided to pay tribute to the victims by sporting a rainbow-coloured captain’s armband for his side’s Copa America quarter-final against Ecuador.

Bradley swapped the typical yellow iteration for a rainbow one, a design synonymous with members of the LGBT community, while a moment of silence was also observed before the game in Seattle.

The USA went on to win the game 2-1 after both sides were reduced to ten men. Manchester United winger-cum-fullback Antonio Valencia saw red for a needless swing at an opponent, which kicked off a melee that led to Jermain Jones also given his marching orders for directing his fist at an Ecuadorian chin.

The win puts the hosts into the semi-finals of the tournament, where they will face either Peru or Argentina.