The World Cup may be going on, but some other big news in the soccer world out of MLS was revealed on Friday.
Minnesota United midfielder Collin Martin took to Twitter to announce that he is gay ahead of the team's Pride night on Friday.
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
"I have been out as a gay man for many years to my family and friends, and this includes my teammates," said in his statement. "I have played Major League Soccer for 6 seasons: 4 seasons with DC United and 2 seasons with Minnesota United. Today, I'm proud that my entire team and the management of Minnesota United know that I am gay. I have received only kindness and acceptance from everyone in Major League Soccer and that has made the decision to come out publicly that much easier."
With this announcement, the 23-year-old MLS player becomes the only active male athlete in the five major American professional sports leagues to come out as openly gay.
"We admire Collin's courage, and are proud of him and of the support from the soccer community," MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a statement.
His team, Minnesota United, will wear jerseys with rainbow numbers Friday night as they celebrate Pride Night against FC Dallas.