Minnesota United player Collin Martin publicly announces he is gay

Collin Martin, the 23-year-old midfielder with the Minnesota United,  took to Twitter Friday to announce he is gay.

He is wrapped in a Pride flag on his post and he tells his followers the team is celebrating Pride at the game on Friday.

“It’s an important night for me,” he said. “I’ll be announcing for the first time that I am an openly gay player in Major League Soccer.

He wrote in his post that he’s been out for many years to his family and friends, including his teammates.


  • BJ

    And he’s good at Soccer too.

  • JamieHX

    Good for him! Very brave. (He looks so young!)

  • BJ

    Should be a good game tonight, Collin has started a lot lately – hopefully he will tonight – hearing that regardless the 17th minute the supporters groups are planning something for him (he wears #17). In soccer if you haven’t been to a game there are groups that sing and chat and wave flags – supporters groups – they really stand behind players and make up songs about them.

    The oldest and largest supporters group is one I belong to, the Dark Clouds (team used to be the thunder – where ever thunder go dark clouds follow).

    Tonight the supporters groups already had a TIFO (giant display) planned for Pride.

  • MrE85

    That’s no violation of flag etiquette! I wonder if more players will step into the sunlight now?