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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.

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.
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