Former rivals in international soccer, Canadian Erin McLeod and American Ella Masar are teammates in life. Tying the knot in Vancouver on July 6, one day following the gold medal game of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the two are currently members of the National Women’s Soccer League’s Houston Dash.
The 32-year-old MacLeod came out during the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, an emotional time throughout the globe for LGBT athletes due to the Russian government’s anti-gay legislation. In March of this year, Masar, who is three years MacLeod’s junior, publicly came out, while mentioning her Christian faith.
In modern sporting history, the two are the first married couple to be teammates on a North American sports team. Masar made quite an impression with the Dash, scoring the club’s first goals at home and on the road, respectively.
Social media served as the initial forum to first mention the marriage as McLeod tweeted the happy news. Of note, she joked that both got to keep the same initials, EM, even though she legally changed her name to McLeod.
Not only did Masar follow-up with her own tweet announcing the news, the two discussed their marriage on Houston’s KHOU-11.
Surprisingly, the Dash did not issue a statement right away concerning the marriage. This augmented discussion as the Chicago Red Stars, their former club team, issued congratulations.
Two days after the wedding, McLeod was at Pride House Toronto in a speaking engagement. Sharing her story through heartfelt blogs, Masar has served as a role model for young adults who may be struggling with their feelings. Their courage in coming out and openly discussing their views have made them role models far beyond the soccer pitch, establishing them as an iconic duo in both sport and the LGBT community.