Alan Gordon says he will look to take any positives he can out of the incident which saw him suspended for three matches and fined by MLS for making a hompohobic slur.

On Sunday, the San Jose Earthquakes forward directed a sexual-based comment at Portland Timbers midfielder Will Johnson for which he has since apologised and is now looking to make amends for the huge mistake he made in the heat of battle.

"I'm going to use this for the good," Gordon told reporters before Quakes training Wednesday.

"That's what I've decided to do. People that know me know what type of person I am. I will choose to use this in the best way that I can ... I will do several things to let people know that it was a mistake."

He added: "I was frustrated about how the game was going. I was frustrated, and we were exchanging some words. And I said the wrong thing. I made a mistake. And that came from somewhere I didn't even know was in me. I don't use that language. And it came out."

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