Robbie Rogers joins Galaxy – Congrats to @robbierogers coming back to MLS
Robbie Rogers was introduced as the newest member of the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday, making him the first openly gay male athlete to compete in Major League Soccer and ending his brief retirement. The Galaxy signed Rogers to a multi-year contract after acquiring him from the Chicago Fire, who held the rights to Rogers, in exchange for midfielder Mike Magee. (source: CNN)
We are particularly excited by this, and congratulate BELLO mag’s fashion and sports contributor Robbie Rogers on this great news. We knew that for the past month Robbie was already training with Galaxy, but were waiting for the official news to be announced , so we can share our excitement.
Rogers, a former winger for the U.S. national team, had retired from soccer in February at age 25, announcing then that he is gay. However, he still had the passion for the game. He trained with the Galaxy for about a month before making the comeback official. “After I finally got in here, everything was completely normal, as it should be,” Rogers said at his introductory news conference. “Getting back on the pitch was amazing.”
But even though he still enjoys the game, deciding to come back was not easy for Rogers, who said he was afraid to share the secret about his sexual orientation for 25 years.
“I kept my secret because I thought I couldn’t be both a soccer player and a gay athlete,” Rogers said. “I figured it out that it’s not true, but I felt that way. So I was afraid to put myself back into a situation where I felt like I was kind of an outcast or just different than people.”
Los Angeles head coach Bruce Arena believes that Rogers will make an impact on the field with his play.
“We’ve been searching for the last year or two for a player that has the skills to be a flank player, play wide and add a little speed to our club, take on players and a good crosser off the ball with both of his feet,” Arena said. “He offers qualities that we’ve been looking for, so we’re hopeful that in time, Robbie will demonstrate the kind of qualities that he has previously in this league.”