"Today, I'm proud that my entire team and management of Minnesota United know that I am gay", Martin wrote. (Now that's how you celebrate Pride Night!) Thanks to the gay soccer player coming out, the total number of out professional sports players in the United States is now - drumroll, please - one. In England, meanwhile, Justin Fashanu remains the sole openly gay professional to play in the First Division or Premier League.
Collin Martin playing for Minnesota United in Major League Soccer.
Collin Martin isn't the first male American soccer player to come out as gay, as he was preceded in 2013 by Robbie Rogers, who was then playing for Leeds United in Britain and had recently retired after a four-year stint with MLS' Los Angeles Galaxy.
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Former Brooklyn Nets star Jason Collins came out as gay during the 2012-2013 National Basketball Association season. With his post, Martin becomes the only out active athlete in the MLS and in all men's major league sports in the U.S. Football player Michael Sam announced he was gay in 2014, and was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, but never played a game in the NFL. Former player David Testo came out shortly after retiring in 2011. Fashanu, who was allegedly at the receiving end of homophobic treatment from teammates and managers after he came out, died in 1998 at the age of 37 after hanging himself. Since he came out to them previous year, he's relished the chances he's had to talk with them about what it's like to be gay, and to share experiences with them. "You tell the right person, and he'll tell everyone for you". "And for them to ask dumb questions for me to be like, 'No". Or for them to be like, 'How was your date the other night, Collin?' Mainly because, I mean, I'm very open.
"Tonight my team, Minnesota United, is having their Pride Night", Martin wrote.