David Testo, formerly of the Montreal Impact, announced today that he is gay.
Testo, in his announcement, said his teammates and the club both knew that he was gay and accepted him.
His announcement comes after his release from the Montreal side meaning he will not be coming to MLS with Montreal next season. The former South Carolina Gamecock spent most of his career in the USL besides two seasons with MLS side Columbus Crew.
Montreal owner Joey Saputo said that the club “knew David’s orientation prior to him joining our club from Vancouver in 2007.”
It is unclear whether Testo will continue to his professional career. However, the revelation that his teammates and club both knew about his sexuality for years without any issues is certainly a new development in professional sports. At least here in North America as all gay professional athletes that I am aware of have not announced their sexuality until after they have left the lockerroom.