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Path to soccer title game came after USC players decided to take a knee

Path to soccer title game came after USC players decided to take a knee

Despite all that Keidane McAlpine has accomplished with the USC women’s soccer team this season — winning 18 games and a spot in Sunday’s NCAA championship game for just the second time in school history — he says one of his proudest moments as a coach was a private one that took place in a locker room with only his players in attendance.

It was September, and the Trojans were off to a slow start, having lost their first two games. But that’s not what the meeting was about.

A group of players, inspired by sideline protests during the national anthem at NFL games, told McAlpine they wanted to do the same. Some teammates were opposed to the idea....

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