Weston McKennie (left) congratulates USMNT teammate Christian Pulisic on his goal against Brazil in Orlando. | John Dorton/ISI Photos/USSF/Getty Images for USSF

The U.S. men’s national team will head into the Copa America on the back of a morale-boosting result and a note of thanks for their LGBTQ allyship.

In Orlando Wednesday night, eight years to the day that 49 people were killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting, players wore jerseys with numbers in Progress Pride colors in a friendly game against Brazil.

In the 1-1 draw, Christian Pulisic scored the equalizing goal from a free-kick and goalkeeper Matt Turner made 11 saves as the U.S. avoided defeat by the five-time World Cup winners for only the second time in 20 internationals.

It was a redemption game for Turner who had apologized to fans after a poor showing in the 5-1 loss to Colombia in Maryland last Saturday, when the team wore the Progress Pride jerseys for the first time.

The USWNT also sported the rainbow numbers earlier in Pride Month for their back-to-back friendlies against South Korea. Selected jerseys are being auctioned off online to raise money for You Can Play.

Before the Brazil game, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer tweeted pictures of himself holding a jersey with “Orlando United 49” on the back, alongside a message of gratitude.

Back in June 2016, U.S. Soccer was one of the very first sports organizations to visibly support the victims, their families and the wider LGBTQ community in the aftermath of the deadly attack.

Then USMNT skipper Michael Bradley wore a Pride rainbow armband in a Copa America quarterfinal against Ecuador in Seattle. Since then, rainbow captain’s armbands have frequently been used in club and international soccer around the world to demonstrate allyship.

“U.S. Soccer’s commitment to celebrating and supporting the LGBTQ+ community aligns perfectly with our collective values,” Dyer said in a statement. “We appreciate the national team’s continued engagement with the Orlando community.”

United States midfielder Christian Pulisic (10) celebrates after scoring a goal against Brazil in the first half during the Continental Clasico at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

On Wednesday night, more than 60,000 fans were at Camping World Stadium — a record attendance in Florida for a U.S. senior national team game, men or women.

Meanwhile, in a collaboration on the U.S. Soccer social channels, LGBTQ influencer and celebrity Victoria Brito — who was born in Sao Paulo and raised in Miami — wore the Pride jersey for her pre-match hype posts.

The posts attracted a considerable number of negative comments, with some users questioning Brito’s suitability for a collaboration and others blasting the rainbow numbers with sickness emojis and more obvious anti-LGBTQ criticism.

Two captions on the posts referenced Brito’s godfather being legendary Brazil striker Pele, an attempt no doubt to boost her soccer credentials.

On the field, the result will come as a significant relief for head coach Gregg Berhalter, under growing pressure after the rout by Colombia and with the FIFA World Cup on home soil now just two years away.

For the forthcoming Copa America, Berhalter’s players are in Group C alongside Bolivia, Panama and Uruguay, who will go in as one of the tournament favorites. There is a strong chance that the U.S. could meet Brazil in the last eight.

United States midfielder Giovanni Reyna (7) and Brazil forward Vinicius Junior (7) battle for the ball in the first half during the Continental Clasico at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Two of the USMNT’s group fixtures will be played in June but the players are not due to wear the Progress Pride jerseys again this month, with the tournament under the control of the CONMEBOL confederation.

Orlando will host two Copa America games — Canada vs. Chile and Bolivia vs. Panama — but at the smaller Inter&Co Stadium, home of MLS team Orlando City SC and NWSL side Orlando Pride. The two clubs linked up on Instagram Wednesday to commemorate Pulse Remembrance Day.

There is a memorial inside the arena of 49 seats in the six colors of the classic Pride rainbow flag, situated in Section 12 of the stadium.

There is still, however, no permanent memorial to the victims at the site of the massacre due to a previous botched effort. Following Orlando’s purchase of the nightclub property last year, it is now hoped the memorial will be in place by 2028.