crackers gameday possible xi MLS midfielder Collin Martin has come out as gay, making him the only active professional sportsman in the US to do so.The Minnesota United star, 23, becomes only the second-ever MLS player to come out as gay. How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? predicted ALTERED Latest football news highlights 1 who plays? Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics 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’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.”The only other only gay man to play in the MLS was former Leeds, Stevenage and LA Galaxy man Robbie Rogers, while the last high-profile American athlete to come out was Michael Sam ahead of the 2014 NFL draft. NEW ERA How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Collin Martin made the announcement on social media How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Martin added: “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.“June is pride month, and I am proud to be playing for pride, and to be playing as an out gay man.” He made the announcement on Twitter ahead of his club’s celebration of gay pride, encouraging others to follow his example.The former DC United man said: “Tonight my team, Minnesota United, is having their Pride night.“It’s an important night for me – 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 team-mates.