Minnesota United's Collin Martin: 'I am an openly gay player in Major League Soccer'

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Minnesota United FC's fifth annual Pride Night will be celebrated tonight as they host FC Dallas at TCF Bank Stadium, and midfielder Collin Martin will be publicly announcing that he is gay. 

Martin tweeted Friday morning that he'll make the announcement during Friday's game: "I'll be announcing for the first time publicly that I am an openly gay player in Major League Soccer. I have been out as a gay man for many years to my family and friends, and this includes my teammates." 

Martin added: "I want to thank my teammates for their unconditional sport for who I am. In light of my experience as a professional athlete, I want to take this moment to encourage others who play sports professionally or otherwise to have confidence that sport will welcome them wholeheartedly." 

According to SB Nation blog dedicated to the United, Martin and defenseman Eric Miller are among 32 MLS players participating in the Playing for Pride program, which raises money and awareness for LGBTQ+ rights. 

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