Tulsa semipro soccer team to replace pregame national anthem


TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A semipro soccer team based in Tulsa will replace the national anthem with Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" at all home matches.

The Tulsa Athletic made the announcement in a news release Wednesday.

The Athletic are part of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), which has more than 90 teams. In a statement, the team said it went away from "The Star-Spangled Banner" after reviewing its lyrics. It pointed to the third verse of Francis Scott Key's poem, which includes the line: "No refuge could save the hireling and slave from the terror of flight or the gloo...

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