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Alexi Lalas Defends U.S. Soccer's National Anthem Policy

The Fox Sports analyst voiced his opinion tonight.

U.S. Soccer has a new policy on the national anthem, requiring players to "stand respectively" while the Star Spangled Banner is played.

This comes after U.S. Women's National Team star Megan Rapinoe took a knee, akin to Colin Kaepernick, while the anthem played before a contest last fall.

Here's the new policy.

The policy was revealed on Saturday at U.S. Soccer’s Annual General Meeting. Sunil Gulati, the president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, said that any violations of the policy will be addressed, but it's unclear what exact consequences there are. Tonight, Fox Sports soccer analyst Alexi Lalas - a U.S. Soccer alum - voiced his opinion on the matter. He defended it. Here's his statement:

Lalas' statement has caused quite the stir on Twitter.

Grant Wahl, a veteran U.S. Soccer reporter for Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports 1, disagreed with him.

"Patriots can protest," he tweeted.

You can view more responses to Lalas' statement here.