The silence and emotion grew heavy as the minute wore on, the only voices audible being 22 players on a soccer field. During the 49th minute of Sporting Kansas City’s conference clash with FC Dallas on Sunday, Children’s Mercy Park attendees honored the 49 victims of June 12’s nightclub shooting in Orlando with silence.
The KC Cauldron, Sporting KC’s most recognizable supporter’s group, also raised a special tifo — a choreographed display in the stands of Children’s Mercy — in remembrance of the victims and their families. The attack was the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
A moment of silence was also held before the game. Around the league, teams have rallied behind the “#OrlandoUnited” campaign, honoring the victims in various ways. The soccer community at home and abroad — including the USMNT, NWSL and Euros 2016 — also have paid respects
In Orlando, where Orlando City SC resumed play for the first time since the shooting, emotions were high in front of a sellout crowd. Before the match, Orlando City SC’s foundation arm said it will donate $100,000 to the city’s OneOrlando Fund. The club also raised money through T-shirts and posters.