MLS Teams Commemorate 20th Anniversary of Sept. 11 Attacks

Teams across Major League Soccer are wearing a patch on their jerseys this weekend to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The patches are blue, with “9/11” and “NEVER FORGET” in white above “20 YEARS” in red. They are modeled after patches worn by MLS clubs after the league returned to action in 2001 following the attacks, according to the league’s website.

Atlanta United midfielder Jake Mulraney wears MLS’s commemorative Sept. 11 patch during the national anthem prior to a match against Orlando City on Sept. 10, 2021, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. (Photo courtesy ATLUTD.com)
A Sept. 11 commemorative patch appears on the sleeve of a Los Angeles Galaxy player during a match against the New York/New Jersey MetroStars at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sept. 26, 2001. (Photo courtesy CBS New York)

The patches have been placed in the center of the chest of the kits of all MLS teams playing this weekend. They appear alongside a gold ribbon on the right chest, above the adidas logo, which is part of the league’s month-long campaign to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer.

Atlanta United’s Jake Mulraney dribbles past Orlando City’s Nani during a match on Sept. 10, 2021, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Both players can be seen wearing MLS’s commemorative Sept. 11 patch on their chests. (Photo courtesy ATLUTD.com)

The New England Revolution and New York Red Bulls will auctioning off match-worn kits with the patches, as well as captain’s armbands and other memorabilia, to raise funds for Sept. 11-related charities. Other MLS clubs are marking the anniversary in various ways, including donations to charities, hosting firefighters and their families at games, and memorial services.


UPDATE (Sept. 13, 2021): Aside from the patches, both New York-based MLS clubs — Red Bull New York and New York City FC — and their opponents (D.C. United and New England Revolution, respectively) wore American flag-themed numbers on their game kits over the weekend.

Feature photo courtesy ATLUTD.com