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Korbin Albert's Social Media Stumbles: Navigating U.S. Soccer's Digital Divide

Korbin Albert's Social Media Stumbles: Navigating U.S. Soccer's Digital Divide
Korbin Albert's Social Media Stumbles: Navigating U.S. Soccer's Digital Divide

The U.S. Soccer Policies That Could Determine Whether Korbin Albert Faces Punishment

USWNT midfielder Korbin Albert apologized last week after reposts and other social media activity resurfaced online, including one post on TikTok that included a sermon given in a Christian worship space talking about how being gay and “feeling transgender” is wrong.

This incident has prompted questions around the U.S. Soccer Federation’s social media policies.

Albert is currently in camp with the USWNT ahead of this week’s SheBelieve Cup, with the team facing off against Japan on Saturday. The federation itself has not formally addressed Albert’s social media activity, nor has interim head coach Twila Kilgore. Largely, reaction crystallized around a post from former USWNT player Megan Rapinoe until Wednesday, when team captain Lindsey Horan and Alex Morgan issued a statement during a virtual media availability.

“We just want to address the disappointing situation regarding Korbin that has unfolded over this past week. We’ve worked extremely hard to uphold the integrity of this national team through all of the generations, and we are extremely, extremely sad that this standard was not upheld,” Horan said. “Our fans and our supporters feel like this is a team that they can rally behind, and it’s so important that they feel and continue to feel undeniably heard and seen.”

“We stand by maintaining a safe and respectful space, especially as allies and members of the LGBTQ+ community,” Morgan continued in the statement. “This platform has given us an opportunity to highlight causes that matter to us, something that we never take for granted.”

While Albert has provided a current example of how social media may cause unintended consequences in the workplace, it’s not the first time it’s happened in women’s soccer. At the club level, Sydney Nasello was drafted by Portland Thorns FC ahead of the 2022 NWSL season, but the team did not sign her after her social media activity surfaced, including posts and sha

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