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Only out gay male professional athlete Collin Martin signed for San Diego Loyal

Out soccer midfielder Collin Martin signed for San Diego Loyal.
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Collin Martin, a professional soccer player, made sports headlines two years ago after coming out publically while playing for the Minnesota United. That held historic significance because it made him the only out player in all five major sports organizations.

But Martin is ditching the cold and coming to the west coast. Earlier this month he was signed to play for the San Diego Loyal Soccer Club (SD Loyal). Charles James Adams (Charlie Adams) and Morgan Hackworth were also signed. 

The players will join the Club for its inaugural USL Championship season in 2020. The first regular season home game is scheduled to take place on March 7 at San Diego's Torero Stadium against the Las Vegas Lights FC.

“When forming our roster, we wanted to build a team of players that would rival any in the USL Championship,” said EVP of Soccer Operations and First Team Manager Landon Donovan. “The additions of Charlie, Morgan and Collin show our commitment to bringing San Diego a team that will be competitive from the first game of the season. We are fortunate to have these three young men join Team 1.”

In a 2019 interview for Bethesda Magazine, Martin was asked if he thought other athletes coming out in pro sports was difficult. 

"It may be," he said. "Possibly because of their sponsors—or a macho image. But it’s just as hard if you’re playing soccer abroad, in Spain or Italy or Africa. There’s not a single [male] person who’s out in any other pro league around the world. There’s so many soccer players who are in the closet and can’t come out because of their clubs and their sponsorships, especially in Spain. There’s tons."

Welcome to San Diego Collin, America's Finest City. 

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ABOUT SAN DIEGO LOYAL SOCCER CLUB

Launched on June 19, 2019, San Diego Loyal is the newest member of USL Championship, a USSF-sanctioned Division II league and one of the most competitive pro soccer leagues in the world.

The Club will play at Torero Stadium at the University of San Diego. San Diego Loyal is built on four core pillars – independent, authentic, inclusive and optimistic. San Diego Loyal plays for America’s Finest City and is led by some of the best in sport.

The Club is led by Chairman Andrew Vassiliadis, who is the youngest principal owner in USL Championship. It was founded and led on the business-side by experienced soccer executive Warren Smith, a co-founder and former president of Sacramento Republic FC. Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations Landon Donovan, one of the most decorated soccer players in the U.S., leads the technical side as both EVP and Manager. To learn more, visit sdloyal.com.