The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
The Wash is David Falk’s take on the world of soccer in The WA.
The day after Seattle Sounders FC finally won a playoff series after three years of frustration should have been followed this morning with nothing but talk of soccer, of joy, of Mario Martinez and his wonder goal that capped a huge win.
UPDATE: Burch issues apology
Enter a video of Sounders defender Marc Burch, apparently using a gay slur live on NBC’s national tv cameras (video below uploaded by an MLS viewer).
The moment was caught right away by one of Major League Soccer’s most prolific beat writers, Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated, who tweeted:
Colin Clark was the Houston Dynamo player who yelled “F*cking F*ggot” at a ball boy at CenturyLink Field earlier this season. The moment went national and even international and eventually Clark was suspended for three matches.
Mere weeks ago MLS was among the leagues to “go purple” in support of combating bullying of all kinds, include homophobic bullying.
Can we be sure this is in fact what Burch said? If so, what will MLS, the Sounders and Burch do in response? What should they do?
These things sort of have a momentum and life of their own since the dawn of the power of social media. Right now the story has yet to explode nationally. It likely will.
Hopefully by then Burch will have explained himself, apologized no matter the case, and the Sounders will have reaffirmed their position as inclusive and not tolerant of abusive language of any kind.
Then Major League Soccer can move in, and suspend Burch for the Western Conference Finals.
It has been such a breakthrough week in the state of Washington, politically, socially, and even for our Sounders.
We can’t go backwards so soon.