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With NWSL season two kicking off, the Myrtle Beach Mutiny beginning preseason action and Robbie Rogers back on the pitch, it’s a good time to start a review of what our favorite out LGBT soccer players have been up to.
- It was the inaugural match for the Houston Dash, but they were defeated by the Portland Thorns 1-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium. Both Meleana Shim and Sarah Huffman appeared as substitutes in the match.
- Abby Wambach was out of the Western New York Flash’s match against the Washington Spirit as she seeks treatment for a head injury suffered during the USWNT’s midweek match against China.
- Lianne Sanderson wore the captain’s armband for the Boston Breakers and Joanna Lohman had a strike hit the crossbar, but their team’s efforts weren’t enough to defeat the Washington Reign FC, who clinched a 3-0 shutout with a goal from Megan Rapinoe.
- On loan to the LA Galaxy II, Robbie Rogers played 40 minutes in the team’s loss to Sacramento Republic FC. His first competitive action this year, he became the first out man to play in USL Pro.
- Anton Hysen and NPSL’s Myrtle Beach Mutiny started preseason action against Francis Marion University, winning 2-1. Here’s him looking good in uniform from his Instagram feed:
Hysén came out exactly three years ago in an interview with Swedish soccer magazine Offside and in this site’s first interview told us that one of his career dreams was to play in the United States.
For the past four seasons he has played for Utsiktens BK in Sweden’s third division. The Mutiny are in the fourth division of the American soccer pyramid, on par with the USL Premier Development League, and eligible for US Open Cup competition.
I’ve had the opportunity to have some conversation with Hysén about this move while it has been in the works and while he knows he’s playing in a lower league in America, he feels that it’s a better opportunity to get exposure and playing time in a country he loves. His move across the Atlantic is expected to happen in April ahead of the new season.
Off the field Anton Hysén is also known as the seventh champion of Sweden’s version of Dancing with the Stars. His father, former Liverpool defender Glenn Hysén, is currently competing on the show.
They may need to add a number 101 after Robbie Rogers’ coming out last week, but out Swedish soccer pro Anton Hysén has been named to Out Magazine’s 100 Most Eligible Bachelors of 2013.
Hysén, who came out nearly two years ago, is a defender for Utsiktens BK in Sweden’s Division 1, a third-tier league. He is currently the world’s only out professional male soccer player. He was also last year’s champion of “Let’s Dance,” Sweden’s “Dancing with the Stars” franchise.
Yesterday, Italy striker Antonio Cassano said he hopes there aren’t any gay players on his National Team (using an Italian derogatory term for gay people.)
A Swedish newspaper contacted out player Anton Hysén for his reaction (translation via The Guardian):
I don’t understand how a role model such as Antonio Cassano can say something like that. It is sad and I don’t understand how someone who is playing at that level can say something like that. He is a big name in the game and a role model for others. It is not good. It is difficult to know how to deal with things like this. I can’t get involved but the Italian Football Federation must look into it. Something can always be done.
Anton’s half brother Tobias is a forward for the Swedish squad at the Euros, currently facing their own issues with some hazing-type behavior after their first-game loss.
Congratulations again to Anton Hysén who with his partner Sigrid Bernsen won “Let’s Dance,” Sweden’s program in the “Dancing with the Stars” franchise.
Here is his winning show dance from the finals, which I will not comment on other than to say click and enjoy.
Tonight is the final episode of the season of “Let’s Dance,” Sweden’s version of “Dancing With the Stars,” and out soccer player Anton Hysén and his partner Sigrid Bernsen are one of the final two couples. They compete against Swedish actress Molly Nutley. Here is one of last week’s performances that got Anton to this point:
The final episode will be live at 1 PM CT this afternoon.
Anton Hysén made it through yet another week of Sweden’s “Let’s Dance,” and is down to the last three couples on this season of the show. If he survives tonight, he moves on to next week’s finals.
He wowed the audiences with his jitterbug to “Hound Dog”:
Out Swedish soccer player Anton Hysén takes to the stage again tonight on Let’s Dance (really, right about now since it’s in Sweden), so let’s take a look at his James Bond-inspired tango that earned him top scores last week: