USWNT and Canada unite in protest for gender equality and trans rights before SheBelieves Cup game

    Canada and the USWNT faced each other in the SheBelieves Cup.

    (CNN)The United States Women's National Team (USWNT) and Canada's women's soccer team gathered in a circle moments before kickoff on Thursday to show solidarity with the Canadians in their equal pay dispute with the national federation ahead of their opening match of the SheBelieves Cup at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

    Canada's players wore purple T-shirts that read "Enough is enough" before kickoff, choosing purple as a "symbol of protest," the Canadian Soccer Players' Association (CSPA) said in a statement prior to the game.
    "Purple has historically been associated with efforts to achieve gender equality," the statement added. "Considering the current circumstances, our players will continue to wear purple until our association has standards in place that ensure equal treatment and opportunity."