Openly gay Swedish footballer Anton Hysén has followed in the footsteps of Robbie Rogers and crossed the pond to sign with an American soccer league.
OutSports reports that Hysén, who also (rightfully) moonlights as a male model, was signed by the Myrtle Beach Mutiny of the National Premier Soccer League earlier this week. According to gay4soccer, the Mutiny is a fourth division league “on par with the USL Premier Development League and eligible for US Open Cup competition.
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.
“I am excited to be joining the Mutiny this season,” Hysén said in a statement. “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.”
And you can squash your hope for a Rogers/Hysén Euro-American gay soccer power couple right now. Hysen told GayStarNews last summer that Rogers “isn’t really my type” :(
As every good male model turned athlete should, Hysén thankfully keeps an active Instagram account. Filter or #nofilter, he’s pretty nice to look at: