The American footballers are to p;lay in a rainbow-themed kit celebrating the Pride month, it has been announced. The initiative is part of a collaboration between US Soccer and You Can Play, an organisation whose aim is to ensure equality for all athletes, coaches and fans and to use sport to tackle discrimination on the basis of sexuality and gender identity. The men’s team will wear the uniform while playing Venezuela on June 3, while the women’s side will put it on against Sweden on June 8 and Norway on June 11. After these matches, the jerseys will be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to charity. Fans flocked to support the new initiative, expressing their approval both on Twitter and the US Soccer website. “Excellent work, proud of US Soccer for standing for inclusivity and openness for all!” one supporter tweeted. Many others accused US Soccer of trying to push a political agenda in order to boost its sales. And some fans pledged to boycott watching the friendlies, only to become the subject of an excellent burn. “I am sure US Soccer will be devastated to hear that a bigot won’t be watching some friendlies,” one user quipped.