MLS Soccer
February 28, 2013

Some day, an openly gay male athlete will play for a professional team. And Marc Burch, for one, believes Major League Soccer will be the trailblazer. “I think we’ll be the first league to definitely accept it,” Burch told reporters at Sounders training on Tuesday. “I think it will come and go a lot easier than people think. It’s going to happen, and I think this is a perfect league for it.” Considering the last time Burch was in the news on this topic, he might seem like the least likely person to deliver the message he did to the Seattle media. Burch was handed a three-game suspension by MLS last fall for using a gay slur during a nationally televised playoff game, and will serve the third game of that suspension during the team's season opener on Saturday against Montreal (10:30 pm ET, MLS Live).