Real Salt Lake
“Join the Pride” is a mantra for Real Salt Lake that played itself out over the weekend as the club supported Utah Pride and its Grand Marshal David Testo.
Testo is the first Major League Soccer alumnus to come out of the closet as well as the first out man to be elected to the US Soccer Athletic Council. He serves on the board of the You Can Play Project, too. He told Utah Pride:
I’m very honored and proud to be a part of such a special event like Pride in Utah. For me it is special because I know where the country stands right now and it’s a very pivotal moment for LGBT people. The movement we are trying to create towards equality is like a snowball turning into an avalanche and Salt Lake City is a place where this message is so important. I hope I can help whoever needs it, be an inspiration for others, and spread the word of equality and acceptance.
Six current Real Salt Lake players are on the Allies List: Rich Balchan, Tony Beltran, Eduardo Fernández, Lovel Palmer, Sebastian Velasquez, and Chris Wingert. Wingert and RSL alumnus Brian Dunseth both took part in Salt Lake’s first-ever NO H8 Campaign photo shoot.
Will another MLS captain join them? How about a US Men’s National team goalkeeper? Help us ask the players who use social media to join the list by tweeting at us or using the hashtag #soccerally.
Carlos Bocanegra and Abby Wambach may have gotten all of the attention for appearing in ESPN: The Magazine’s Body Issue, but Kickette brings us Real Salt Lake defender Jamison Olave showing off his quads for the publication for this week’s Thursday Thighs feature.
Unfortunately, Olave’s legs aren’t doing so well right now, with him out for 4-6 weeks with a hamstring injury. But his back line stand-ins were more than up to the task of defending in RSL’s CONCACAF Champions League shutout victory over Panama’s champions Tauro FC this week.
We love all of the players who have stepped out as members of our Allies List. But it’s especially cool when players get out there and involved with the LGBT community.
This past weekend we saw Tweets from Real Salt Lake midfielders Cody Arnoux and Jonny Steele, both Soccer Allies, about their visits to Utah Pride:
Gay pride day in Utah#beyoubehappy twitter.com/jonnysteele22/…
— jonny steele (@jonnysteele22) June 3, 2012
This morning you saw the exciting news that Major League Soccer is working with the You Can Play Project. And all month long we’ve been working to add to our list of players whose attitudes embody the spirit of that campaign.
This preseason, Real Salt Lake defender Chris Wingert participated in the NOH8 Campaign’s first Utah photo shoot. Thank you Chris!
But he’s our only RSL player on the list and we’d like to change that. Help us contact the players on Twitter below and ask them to join our list as a #soccerally. Who knows? Maybe a new addition to our list will be one of the first to do You Can Play.