D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen, midfielder-forward Chris Pontius, and defender Mike Chabala recorded a public service announcement for the You Can Play Project, an organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation. The PSA will air as part of the in-stadium program for United Night Out on September 15 against the New England Revolution.
A portion of the script reads as follows: "We are united. We are united in pursuit of championships. We are united in our service to the community. We are united in support of all our teammates, coaches, and fans - gay or straight. All that matters to us is your talent, work ethic, and passion. If you can play, you can play."
Athletes from around the country, both amateur and professional have joined this admirable cause. Learn more: youcanplayproject.org