Korbin Albert is BOOED as she comes off the bench in 2-1 win over Japan after backlash to anti-LGBTQ+ social media posts as USWNT overcomes early goal to advance to SheBelieves Cup final in front of record 50,644 fans

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Written By Maya Cantina

Korbin Albert was booed by USWNT fans on Saturday as she was introduced in the second half of the team’s SheBelieves Cup semifinal vs. Japan.

Late last month, Albert publicly apologized for reposting a now-deleted video of a Christian worship space preaching against homosexuality and ‘feeling transgender.’

In another TikTok post – which has since been deleted as well – Albert showed her family saying ‘their pronouns are USA,’ during the Fourth of July weekend.

And after being criticized by her teammates Lindsey Horan and Alex Morgan this week – as well as ex-USWNT star Megan Rapinoe, Albert was met with audible boos from some of the record 50,644 fans in attendance at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

She entered the game in the 78th minute, shortly after Horan had given the USA a 2-1 lead with a penalty kick.

Korbin Albert, seen arriving at practice this week, was booed by some fans on Saturday

On March 28, Albert issued a public apology and acknowledged her 'hurtful' actions

On March 28, Albert issued a public apology and acknowledged her ‘hurtful’ actions

 On Wednesday, USWNT veterans Morgan and Horan addressed Albert’s social media activity.

‘We’re extremely extremely sad that the standard was not upheld,’ Horan said. ‘Our fans and our supporters feel like this is a team that they can rally behind. It’s so important that they continue to feel undeniably heard and seen.’

‘We stand by maintaining a safe and respectful place, especially as allies and members of the LGBTQ+ community,’ Morgan added. ‘This platform has given us an opportunity to highlight causes that matter to us- something that we never take for granted.’

‘It is also important to note that we’ve had internal discussions around the situation,’ Morgan continued. ‘And that will stay within the team. But one thing to note is that we never shied away from hard conversations.’

Without naming Albert, retired USWNT star Rapinoe also took to Instagram and wrote: ‘To the people who want to hide behind ‘my beliefs’ I would just ask one question, are you making any time of space safer, more inclusive, more whole, any semblance of better, bringing the best out of anyone? … because if you aren’t all you believe in is hate. And Kids are literally killing themselves because of this hate. Wake TF up! Yours Truly, #15.’

Albert reposted a video preaching against homosexuality and transgenders on TikTok

Albert reposted a video preaching against homosexuality and transgenders on TikTok 

Lindsey Horan and Alex Morgan addressed Albert's anti-LGBTQ post on Wednesday

Lindsey Horan and Alex Morgan addressed Albert’s anti-LGBTQ post on Wednesday 

Retired USWNT star Megan Rapinoe also addressed Albert's actions in an Instagram post

Retired USWNT star Megan Rapinoe also addressed Albert’s actions in an

On March 28, following intense public backlash, Albert publicly apologized and promised ‘to do better.’

‘I’m really disappointed in myself and am deeply sorry for the hurt that I have caused to my teammates, other players, fans, friends and anyone who was offended,’ she wrote.

‘I truly believe that everyone should feel safe and respected everywhere and on all playing fields. I know my actions have not lived up to that and for that I sincerely apologize.

‘It’s an honor and a privilege to get to play this sport and on the world stage and I promise to do better.’

Horan converted her penalty kick in the 77th minute as United States came from behind to defeat Japan 2-1 to open the SheBelieves Cup.

Horan scored a penalty in the 77th minute against Japan to help the USA to a 2-1 win

Horan scored a penalty in the 77th minute against Japan to help the USA to a 2-1 win

Jaedyn Shaw also scored for the United States in the match, which saw a record crowd for a friendly match for the United States women on home soil. It was also the largest crowd for a women’s game in the United States since the 1999 World Cup final.

The game also marked the return of both Mallory Swanson and Catarina Macario after lengthy absences because of injury.

‘I think the fans had a huge part in the game today,’ interim U.S. coach Twila Kilgore said about the crowd. ‘You could feel them the entire time.’

Japan scored 30 seconds into the game. Kiko Seike dashed down the wing and evaded a defender with a shot that was out of the reach of U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher. It was the first time the U.S. conceded a goal within the opening minute since 2003.

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