The last four months have been unique. They’ve been uncertain, inspirational and eye-opening and tonight’s match provides a chance to return to normal life (sort of).


In light of recent events, when the Rapids take the field against Real Salt Lake, each player on the gameday roster will be donning a special patch on the back of their jersey, underneath their name and number. That patch, an initiative in conjunction with MLS Unites, provides each player with a chance to honor a person or a cause of their choosing.


Many players are opting to shed light on the Black Lives Matter movement around systemic racism and police brutality. Others are honoring loved ones or those impacted by COVID-19.


We’ve compiled a list of the name each player will be wearing during the match tonight.

Player Name
Honoree/Message
Lalas Abubakar
George Floyd | I Can't Breathe
Kellyn Acosta
Would you Care if It Was Me? | Black and Proud
Cole Bassett
Black Lives Matter
Nico Benezet
Wear A Mask
Braian Galvan
We Are All Equal
Matt Hundley
Rose Tadlock: Close friend & prominent figure in the African American community
Clint Irwin
Rev. William Barber II: Rev. William Barber II is an American Protestant minister and political activist. He is the President and Senior Lecturer at Repairers of the Breach and co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. He also serves as a member of the national board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the chair of its Legislative Political Action Committee."\
Kei Kamara
Kadijah Saccoh: Kadijah is a 5-year-old girl from Kei's home country of Sierra Leone, West Africa, who was raped and murdered. They are currently seeking justice and fighting to end the rape culture in Sierra Leone.
Jeremy Kelly
VOTE
Jonathan Lewis
Change is Here, Change is Now | Black Lives Matter
Nico Mezquida
Fernando Grossling: Good friend of Nico's and Front Line Worker in Vancouver, who helped children across BC as a Senior Infant Transport Team Paramedic at BC Women's and Children's Hospital.
Drew Moor
Black Lives Matter
Younes Namli
Equality
Jack Price
Mary Price: Grandmother, 80, passed away due to complications with COVID-19
Andre Rawls
Louis J. Wobbe: Grandfather, Andre's biggest supporter; He's currently ill right now (not with COVID), and has been through a lot over the years.
Keegan Rosenberry
Black Lives Matter
Diego Rubio
Equality
Andre Shinyashiki
Liz Shinyashiki: Andre's unborn niece, due date is July 12 (gameday)
Auston Trusty
Black Lives Matter
Sam Vines
Respect
Collen Warner
Black Lives Matter
Danny Wilson
Black Lives Matter
Deklan Wynne
Black Lives Matter
William Yarbrough
Change Is Here

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