A Moment for Many: Hawkins’ First Cap Broke Barriers

In celebration of Black History Month, we take a look back at the U.S. Men’s National Team’s first-ever U.S.-born African-American player: Ed Hawkins.

When Ed Hawkins stood for the Star-Spangled Banner before his first and only U.S. Men’s National Team cap, he didn’t realize that he was about to break any barriers. Another five years would pass before Hawkins learned that he was the first U.S.-born African-American player to appear for the MNT. But in those minutes before he took the field on Dec. 2, 1984 against Ecuador, he realized that his cap didn’t represent an individual achievement, but rather a collected effort. 

“When you’re out there listening to the National Anthem, you wish you could just thank all of them at the same time,” Hawkins said….

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