Defender Marc Burch is out Saturday while serving the last of a three-game suspension for his use of a gay slur during the 2012 playoffs.
He was asked today if there was anything he wanted to say about the incident.
“You make a mistake and you want to fix it as much as you can,” he said. “That’s what I’ve tried to do. It’s the only thing I can do. I can’t make up for what I did. All I can do is just prove from here on out that nothing like that is ever going to happen again. That’s not who I am. That’s not what I do. That’s not part of my game. That’s not part of this team’s game. I made a mistake, and since then I think I’m doing the right things. That’s the only thing I can do from here on out.”
Burch also said he understands why MLS commissioner Don Garber issued the three-game ban, which included two 2012 playoff games and the 2013 season opener.
“I knew when the suspension was coming down that it needed to be harsh, because it’s a harsh thing that I did,” he said. “I think that Don Garber made the right decision. I wish it could have been just the end of the regular season, and I could have started this season new and fresh and try to get it off people’s minds. But three games is three games. Unfortunately this is the third game from when it happened, and I’m ready to face it and start my season right after it.”