MN United player comes out as gay

MN United player comes out as gay

Major League Soccer player Collin Martin has come out as gay to fans just hours before his club's Pride night.

Martin wrote on Twitter that he has been out as a gay man to his family and friends, including many of his teammates, for several years. And even though there have been almost 19,000 men to appear in a Major League Baseball game, not one athlete has felt comfortable enough to publicly come out.

Having out LGBTQ athletes is old hat in women's professional team sports leagues, though.

On Friday night, Minnesota United FC is hosting FC Dallas for their second annual Pride Night. "It's an important night for me - I'll be announcing that I am an openly gay player in Major League Soccer", Martin wrote. "Today I'm proud that the entire team and management of Minnesota United know that I'm gay". Martin, a graduate of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and 2011 All-Met, broke into the league in 2013 after one year of college at Wake Forest.

A midfielder for the Minnesota United FC soccer team announced Friday that he is gay.

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"The big thing, and the point I am trying to bring across, is that I've been out with the team and with my team mates and the staff for over a year now, and I have had nothing but support".

Martin - who has played six season in MLS, four with D.C. United and two with the Loons - went on to encourage other who play pro sports to "have confidence that sport will welcome them wholeheartedly".

Martin follows in the footsteps of Robbie Rogers, who came out in 2013 after being released by Leeds United.

"We admire Collin's courage, and are proud of him and of the support from the soccer community", commissioner Don Garber said in a statement.

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