History was made Friday morning when Minnesota United FC midfielder Collin Martin came out in a tweet on his personal Twitter account.
Tonight my team, @MNUFC , is having their Pride night. It's an important night for me — I'll be announcing that I am an openly gay player in Major League Soccer. #soccerforall pic.twitter.com/cOJQXfrBiv— Collin Martin (@martcw12) June 29, 2018
The announcement comes just hours before Minnesota United hosts their Pride Night tonight against FC Dallas.
Martin is the second openly gay player in Major League Soccer’s history with the first being Robbie Rogers back in 2013.
Martin has been in Major League Soccer for the past six seasons and has spent the last two seasons with Minnesota United after spending his first four with D.C. United.
Currently, Martin is now the only openly gay male active player in any major pro sports league in the United States. Hopefully his coming out will now inspire others to do the same. In 2018, the more visibility, the better.
Congratulations to Collin on coming out and thank you for your visibility and courage to #BeTrue.