MLS returns to action after moment of silence

Major League Soccer returned to the pitch Wednesday night for the first time since March.

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July 9, 2020 - 10:34 AM

MLS players participate in a Black Lives Matter pre-game ceremony before a match between Orlando City and Inter Miami during the MLS is Back tournament at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida, on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/TNS) Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/TNS

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Nani called it beautiful and emotional.

He wasn’t talking about either goal he played a part in during Orlando City’s 2-1 victory over Inter Miami on Wednesday night.

Nearly 200 players took the field for an 8-minute, 46-second moment of silence to protest racial injustice before Major League Soccer’s return to action. Players wore black T-shirts, black gloves and black facemasks emblazoned with Black Lives Matter. The shirts had varying slogans that included Black And Proud, Silence Is Violence and Black All The Time.

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