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Openly Gay Footballer Anton Hysen Signs with U.S. Team


Anton Hysen, the Swedish footballer who came out of the closet in 2011, has signed with the fourth division team Myrtle Beach Mutiny, he reported on Instagram.

Writes Outsports:

So an openly gay professional soccer player will be playing in South Carolina. Their division features teams across the Southeast. Not only is it supposed to be "impossible" for a professional male athlete to be openly gay, but it's "100% definitely impossible" to do it in South Carolina, Tennessee, George and the like. Yet Myrtle Beach is doing it. Not so impossible, I guess.

Said Hysen: "I am excited to be joining the Mutiny this season. This is a great opportunity for me on a personal and professional level. I hope I can help take the team to the top of the NPSL."

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  1. Good for him. The more openly gay professional athletes the better. One day his sexuality won't even be mentioned and we'll be wondering, is he or isn't he? :-)

    Posted by: Cary Chauvet | Mar 9, 2014 8:20:56 PM

  2. pretty soon every team will have to have one...

    Posted by: bandanajack | Mar 9, 2014 8:23:54 PM

  3. It's not really a breakthrough if you think about it. I think accepting openly gay players will become the norm in sports where not a lot of physical contact is required.

    Posted by: stranded | Mar 9, 2014 8:33:11 PM

  4. Handsome and hot!

    Posted by: Newton | Mar 9, 2014 8:35:10 PM

  5. @BANDANAJACK - that would be awesome! Like so many gay people, gay athletes are just better players.

    @CARY - I saw your Naked Bike Ride video, isn't that a bit racy for YouTube or was I watching the uncensored version? I was at Ghirardelli Square yesterday and suddenly a big crowd noise, I peered over the rail onto Jefferson Street and OMG! From above there must have been 50-70 men and women riding bicycles stark naked! No shame whatsoever! Laughing and waving! Thanks for the video. (I hope you don't mind but I downloaded it for repeated viewing! LOL!)

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Mar 9, 2014 8:35:58 PM

  6. Given that your blog is written in the U.S. and that he is joining a U.S. team and that the source that you quote that reported on this referred to him as a "soccer player" why don't you refer to him as a soccer player, too, instead of as a "footballer"?

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 9, 2014 8:54:35 PM

  7. Love how progress just continues to steamroll past stereotypes. Good luck Anton and The Mutiny !

    Posted by: MisterM | Mar 9, 2014 8:55:31 PM

  8. You go, grrl. I love an athletic swede.

    Posted by: Carlos | Mar 9, 2014 9:06:22 PM

  9. Poor Anton. Myrtle Beach is truly a cesspool by the sea.

    Posted by: perry | Mar 9, 2014 10:13:25 PM

  10. woof

    Posted by: j | Mar 9, 2014 10:26:12 PM

  11. I assume the South Carolina republicans who slashed funding for colleges recommending books with gay themes are not going to like this!

    Posted by: Dan Mc. | Mar 9, 2014 10:47:39 PM

  12. GOOD FOR HIM! I hope everything works out. Now I gotta go look up more pictures, he's snokin'!

    Posted by: SteveDenver | Mar 9, 2014 10:53:33 PM

  13. My God, he's absolutely breathtaking!

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Mar 10, 2014 12:42:46 AM

  14. Eastbound and down.

    Posted by: steve talbert | Mar 10, 2014 1:03:15 AM

  15. Gloria Vanderbilt's bottoms are the tops!!!! LMAO

    Posted by: stanhope | Mar 10, 2014 4:45:38 AM

  16. Myrtle Beach/Daytona Beach = twin cesspools,with Daytona the more toxic,lol

    Posted by: CodyJ | Mar 10, 2014 6:53:56 AM

  17. Bill: to be fair you are the only ones who call this sport soccer for the rest of the world this is football

    In soccer there's a lot of contact, maybe not as much as in basketball or handball, but there's contact

    Posted by: jjose712 | Mar 10, 2014 8:46:37 AM

  18. Good. And I agree, he's hot and handsome.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Mar 10, 2014 9:18:29 AM

  19. Fourth division? Ouch.

    I didn't even know the U.S. had a fourth division. Hopefully this is a first step toward getting into MLS.

    Posted by: crispy | Mar 10, 2014 9:26:22 AM

  20. He is one seriously sexy man!

    Posted by: jarago | Mar 10, 2014 5:44:35 PM

  21. Anton is uber hot and obviously a class act.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 10, 2014 6:52:11 PM

  22. Though I know that I am supposed to admire him for his intelligence and his integrity in being an openly-gay athlete, I still have to say, "He is one beautiful man!"

    Posted by: RonCharles | Mar 13, 2014 2:58:47 PM

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