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Football: Rogers in Galaxy debut as openly gay player

Robbie Rogers became the first openly gay sportsman to play in a major US professional team league Sunday when he made his debut for Major League Soccer's LA Galaxy in a 4-0 win over Seattle. Los Angeles were already leading the Sounders 4-0 when the 26-year-old Rogers entered the contest in the 77th minute, to an ovation from the crowd at the Galaxy's Home Depot Center ground. Ireland's Robbie Keane scored a first-half hat-trick, after feeding Sean Franklin for the opening goal, as the Galaxy dominated the first half.

Openly gay Rogers joins Los Angeles Galaxy

(Reuters) - Former soccer international Robbie Rogers has joined Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy, the team said on Saturday, making him the latest openly gay male athlete in an American professional team sport. Rogers, who came out in February on the same day he retired from the game, will be on the Galaxy's roster for Sunday's home match against the Seattle Sounders if his international transfer certificate arrives in time.

Football: After coming out, Rogers returns to game

Robbie Rogers, who thought coming out as a gay man would spell the end of his dream of a football career, has signed with the LA Galaxy and will be Major League Soccer's first openly gay player. "For 25 years, I've been afraid to share a secret with someone," Rogers said Saturday as the Galaxy held a press conference to introduce their new player. "And I finally did that. I kept my secret because I thought I couldn't be both a soccer player and a gay athlete.

Impossible to stay in soccer once I came out, says Rogers

LONDON (Reuters) - United States international Robbie Rogers has said it is "impossible" to remain in soccer after publicly declaring your homosexuality. The 25-year-old, who last played for English second-tier side Leeds United, said last month he was stepping away from football after becoming only the third professional footballer to announce he was gay. "In football it's obviously impossible to come out," Rogers said in an interview with the Guardian newspaper on Friday.

Football: Rogers comes out as gay and ends career

Robbie Rogers, a former US national team midfielder and 2008 Olympian, announced in a blog posting on Friday that he is gay and that he is retiring from football at age 25. Rogers, whose four-year stint with the Columbus Crew included a Major League Soccer title in 2008, played briefly for Leeds United this season but left the club after a loan deal to English League One side Stevenage expired last month. In a blog posting linked to his Twitter account, Rogers made an emotional revelation under a message that simply said, "Just getting some sh*t off my chest."

UPDATE 1-Soccer-U.S. winger Rogers comes out as gay and steps back from game

(Adds details, reaction) By Simon Evans MIAMI, Feb 15 (Reuters) - United States international Robbie Rogers has come out as gay and says he is stepping away from soccer. The 25-year-old, who recently played in England for Leeds United and Stevenage and has 18 caps for the U.S. team, wrote on his website - under the title "The Next Chapter" - that he had been afraid to raise the issue. There are no openly gay players playing in Major League Soccer or in the English professional leagues.

Football: Rogers comes out as gay and ends career

Robbie Rogers, a former US national team midfielder and 2008 Olympian, announced in a blog posting on Friday that he is gay and that he is retiring from football at age 25. Rogers, whose four-year stint with the Columbus Crew included a Major League Soccer title in 2008, played briefly for Leeds United this season but left the club after a loan deal to England League One side Stevenage expired last month. In a blog posting linked to his Twitter account, Rogers made an emotional revelation under a message that simply said, "Just getting some sh*t off my chest."

Soccer-U.S. winger Rogers comes out as gay and steps back from game

By Simon Evans MIAMI, Feb 15 (Reuters) - United States international Robbie Rogers has come out as gay and says he is stepping away from soccer. The 25-year-old, who recently played in England for Leeds United and Stevenage and has 18 caps for the U.S., wrote on his website - under the title "The Next Chapter" - that he had been afraid to raise the issue.
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