Minnesota United’s Collin Martin becomes second openly gay MLS player

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Coinciding with LGBT pride month celebrations across the world, Minnesota United’s Collin Martin made a big announcement that could have positive ramifications across all sports.

In a message posted across his social media platforms, the 23-year-old publicly came out as gay, becoming just the second player in MLS history to do so, following former U.S. Men’s National Team winger Robbie Rogers. Since Rogers retired after last season, Martin is the only publicly gay player in the league.

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The announcement comes ahead of Minnesota United celebrating “pride night” in its home match on Friday against FC Dallas.

Since the announcement, Martin has received nothing but praise and support online from fans and teammates alike.