Pro soccer player David Testo has announced he's gay.

The 30-year-old Testo came out publicly for the first time during a CBC Radio-Canada interview.

“I'm a homosexual, I'm gay. I didn't choose this. This is just who I am. It has nothing to do with if you're good at soccer. And you still can be an amazing soccer player and be gay,” he said.

“It's like carrying around a secret, you know, and carrying around luggage and just never being allowed to be yourself,” Testo added. “And it's incredibly energy draining.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

Testo said he regretted not coming forward sooner and that his teammates knew he was gay and accepted him.

The North Carolina native has previously played for the Vancouver Whitecaps, the Columbus Crew and Richmond Kickers. He joined the Montreal Impact in 2007 but is without a contract.

Montreal Impact President Joey Saputo said in a statement that officials were aware of Testo's sexual orientation when they hired him.

“David Testo's declaration is in fact very personal,” Saputo said. “We knew David's orientation prior to him joining our club from Vancouver in 2007. During his career in Montreal he has always been a professional and dedicated player to this club and off the field. His decision to go public must have been a difficult one and we respect it.”