Pro Soccer Player Comes Out

Pro soccer player David Testo has come out.

The former Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder tells CBC Radio-Canada that teammates knew he was gay and accepted him, but he was afraid to go public until now. “It’s like carrying around a secret, you know, and carrying around luggage and just never being allowed to be yourself,” Testo told CBC. The 30-year-old from North Carolina says he feels more confident and mature and is ready to speak openly. Testo joined the Impact in 2007 but is without a contract and won’t be back with the team for its MLS debut next year. Testo previously played for the Whitecaps, Columbus Crew and Richmond Kickers.