Seattle Sounders defender Marc Burch has apologised for making a gay slur during their MLS playoff victory over Real Salt Lake.

Burch was caught using a gay slur in the broadcast of Thursday's playoff game:

"I apologize for my horrific choice of words last night during our match. This is something that is inconsistent with my family values and because of that I am both disappointed and embarrassed by my level of poor judgment. I take seriously my role as a leader in the community and this is completely regrettable and unacceptable. Character matters and I hope through hard work on and off the field to begin earning your respect and trust again."