You decided to join a football player in refusing to stand for our national anthem, but here’s the difference between the two of you: you have played for your country, and he hasn’t. It’s a big difference. Playing for your country isn’t like playing for any ordinary professional team because your national identity isn’t something that can be changed easily (the way one can be traded from one team to another). Accordingly, people play for the country of which they are a citizen and not just any old team. If a player could play for any country, Brazil would have never won the World Cup because they would have been too poor and all their good players would have been snatched up by the Europeans, whose countries are richer.
Since it is citizenship that determines who plays on which national team, the national team is representative of the country in a way that an ordinary professional team is not. If you prefer some other country to America, then move there and become a citizen of that country so you can play on their national team. If you think every other country is no better than ours and probably worse, then your protest against our country is really a protest against the entire world and not just America, so why single out our country for your demonstration when it is the whole world that is a problem? Either way, you should not be doing this.
Just to reinforce the idea that love of country is what the national team is all about, think about the last time I was at an international soccer game. It was Sept. 11, 2012. First, of course, this was an anniversary of 9/11, and there was a minute of silence before the game as a commemoration. In addition, every fan was given a little American flag as we entered the stadium, not that we needed them because we were very vocal in our support of the American team. Our support was so vocal that even the coach, who is from Germany, commented on how helpful it was for the team.
That particular game was both about supporting America and supporting a team representing America. I know that the game in which you refused to stand was merely a league game and not a game of the women’s national team, but after this you don’t deserve to be on that team. Or, you yourself should refuse to be on it. Do the right thing, Megan. Leave America or else shut up.