Mili Hernandez loves short hair. The 8-year-old girl also loves soccer. Mili’s two loves, it seems, should be able to coexist, right?
But Springfield Soccer Club insisted — despite hard evidence — that Mili was a boy, and that was that.
Mili’s brother, Cruz Hernandez, told local news, “They didn’t want to listen. They said the president made his decision and there wasn’t any changing that.”
Mili was devastated, but wasn’t letting it keep her down, saying, “There’s other tournaments that I can play.”
Springfield Soccer Club organizers declined requests for interviews and directed news outlets to contact their attorneys. They told Mili and her family if they’d like to challenge the disqualification (uh, yeah, they might — hell, we’re ready to!) that they can take it to the Nebraska State Soccer Association.
We hope this story goes big and the Springfield Soccer Club is chastised for their lousy behavior. In the meantime? Mili’s gained some seriously impressive allies. She has been invited by soccer superstar Mia Hamm to attend Hamm’s prestigious soccer academy (gooooooal!!!) and fellow soccer star Abby Wambach posted an Instagram message to Mili expressing her support and saying, “Let’s meet soon sister.”
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Dear Mili Hernandez, you are amazing in every way. Thank you for teaching us how to be brave and shining a light on something so hurtful. If you don't know, she is my new hero. Her team was disqualified from a tourney cause they thought she was a boy because of a clerical error that wasn't handled properly. Let's meet soon sister.
Mili, don't EVER let anyone tell you that you aren't perfect just as you are.i won championships with short hair https://t.co/WlfL3EIPic
— Abby Wambach (@AbbyWambach) June 5, 2017
How d’ya like them apples, Springfield Soccer Club? We think Springfield is the real loser in this unfortunate power play — and they may be on their way to a red card.