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Captain Lindsey Horan and seasoned forward Alex Morgan announced on Wednesday that the US women’s national team has had internal discussions regarding midfielder Korbin Albert’s social media activity, which seemed to support anti-LGBTQIA+ content and downplay an injury to former U.S. winger Megan Rapinoe.

“We stand by maintaining a safe and respectful space, especially as allies and members of the LGBTQ+ community and this platform has given us an opportunity to highlight causes that matter to us, something that we never take for granted,” Morgan told reporters from the United States base outside Atlanta.

Ahead of the SheBelieves Cup, Morgan and Horan both made a brief appearance on a virtual media call to “address the disappointing situation regarding Korbin that has unfolded over this past week,” as Horan put it. None of the players answered any queries.

“We’ve worked extremely hard to uphold the integrity of this national team through all of the generations and we are extremely, extremely sad that this standard was not upheld,” Horan stated. “Our fans and our supporters feel like this is a team that they can rally behind. And it’s so important that they feel and continue to feel undeniably heard and seen.”

Supporters learned last week that Albert had shared a video of a Christian sermon with someone who felt ashamed of being gay and “feeling transgender.” Moreover, screenshots purporting to show Albert endorsing a post celebrating Rapinoe’s Achilles injury in the 2023 NWSL championship in November—her last game before retiring—also surfaced.
“Liking and sharing posts that are offensive, insensitive and hurtful was immature and disrespectful which was never my intent,” Albert said on Monday.

“I’m really disappointed in myself and am deeply sorry for the hurt that I have caused to my teammates, other players, fans, friends and anyone who was offended.”

After starting every game in the USWNT’s three knockout-stage matches during their Concacaf W Gold Cup victory last month, Albert, 20, is presently in camp with the United States. She is a rising talent for both Paris Saint-Germain and the United States. Albert scored a goal to help PSG advance to the semifinals of the UEFA Women’s Champions League just before she apologized last week.

In Atlanta on Saturday, the United States and Japan will play in the inaugural SheBelieves Cup of 2024.

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