Team USA Soccer has Mark McKenzie‘s back … it released a statement Wednesday saying the racist trolls who spewed hate toward the USMNT player are NEVER welcome in the sport.
The org. stood up for the defender after he claimed that following the U.S.’s huge win over Mexico in the CONCACAF Nations League final in Denver on Sunday, he received tons of racist comments from fans online.
22-year-old McKenzie — who struggled in the huge 3-2 win — said the “racial abuse” and “personal attacks” were rampant … and even affected family members.
But, on Wednesday, his team ripped all of the vitriol … saying anyone sending the comments McKenzie’s way (and any other player’s way, for that matter) needs to stop ASAP.
“This type of behavior should not and cannot be allowed to continue,” the org. said.
“If you make racist, homophobic, vulgar or disrespectful comments while hiding behind the anonymity of social media, you are not a true fan. And you are not welcome. Ever.”
On Tuesday, Gregg Berhalter had this to say about the racial abuse directed anonymously via social media towards USMNT defender Mark McKenzie this week.