Robbie Rogers, First Openly Gay MLS Player, Joins LA Galaxy

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CARSON, Calif. (KTLA) — Robbie Rogers, Major League Soccer’s first openly gay player, was expected to take part in his first game with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday night.

The 26-year-old winger was introduced to the media a day earlier as the newest member of the Galaxy.

In February, Rogers revealed he was gay in a blog post, and simultaneously quit soccer.

“I kept my secret because I thought I couldn’t be both a soccer player and a gay athlete,” Rogers said.

Three months later, he was officially named as a member of the LA Galaxy, explaining that the team’s welcoming environment contributed to his return to soccer.

The Huntington Beach native most recently played for Leeds United in England and was awaiting his International Transfer Certificate to take the field in the United States.

That certificate arrived Sunday, paving the way to Rogers to play hours later.

“Robbie Rogers received his ITC and is available for tonight’s match vs Seattle,” the Galaxy tweeted on Sunday morning.

Rogers signed a multi-year contract with the team.

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