North American soccer has received heavy criticism in recent years for the formatting of the CONCACAF Champions League, North/Central America’s version of the famed European competition. This criticism has been justified, as little to no attention has been paid to the competition by clubs and fans alike. This lack of a legitimate continental championship creates a void for many fans. During the MLS season, all the attention is on making it to the playoffs or winning the supporter’s shield, with little attention on the US Open Cup or the aforementioned CONCACAF Champions League. With the MLS being the main attraction for those in the United States and Canada, those who watch the European game understand that something is missing.
Colin Kaepernick is a name that many American Football fans have known for years, but he has become a much more important figure in the past few months. He has polarized the country and has even brought other countries’ attentions to the issues that he sees important. His actions of kneeling during the national anthem in the pregame of NFL games have brought global attention to a national issue. His statements made shortly after he began his protests told the world that he was protesting a country that “oppresses black people and people of color.” He was not the only one protesting this way and was joined by many of the league’s other athletes shortly after. Many of the league’s officials were upset by this, and it even got the attention, and comments, of the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump. A few months after these actions, Nike unveiled their newest advertising campaign with Kaepernick as the face. This caused even more debate and created an even bigger divide between the two sides either supporting him or calling for him to be axed as a sponsor.