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Gay Footballer Robbie Rogers Trains with L.A. Galaxy; Back to MLS? - VIDEO

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Could Robbie Rogers, who retired in February after announcing he is gay, be planning a return to Major League Soccer?

RogersThe Guardian reports:

The former international, 25, was released by Leeds United in January, after a loan spell at Stevenage, and in February said he was leaving the game that had "hid his secret". But on Tuesday he trained with the Galaxy, whose coach, Bruce Arena, said it was "open-ended" as to what his future with the club might hold. The Chicago Fire hold Rogers' Major League Soccer rights, meaning the Galaxy would need to work out a trade in order to sign him.

"He looked a lot sharper than I thought he would today, given the fact he's been away from the game for a while" Arena told the Galaxy's website. "The timing I guess is good. I think our league is a progressive league. Our league is a league comprised of all different races, colours and creeds, and to be accepting of a gay athlete I don't think is anything that's difficult for our league.

Watch video of Robbie training as well as interviews with head coach Bruce Arena, and players Landon Donovan and Mike Magee about his chances of returning, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I have to confess that I watched the video to see if the coach was hot (hot name, Bruce Arena).... lovely team-mates, in so many ways...

    gosh, this guy is 25... so young to be retiring from a sport, specially soccer... I hope he does get signed by them, and that he has a great career there and thereafter... it really is an non-issue, and they perfectly assessed it in the video...

    Posted by: V-8 | May 3, 2013 7:42:50 AM


  2. This is great. The MLS is shaping up to be quite a great league.

    Posted by: Jay | May 3, 2013 7:53:57 AM


  3. Please come to LA! I would totally make the hour drive north to go watch him play and support an openly gay athlete.

    Posted by: Isaac | May 3, 2013 8:04:52 AM


  4. I hope he does decide to play again. It's sad that he felt he NEEDED to "retire" at age 25(!) and couldn't be both openly gay and an active player. Maybe that was due to some of the more... fanatical followers of the European teams?

    Posted by: Caliban | May 3, 2013 9:38:19 AM


  5. Caliban, I suspect you're right. Soccer might be an example of one of the few institutions that is less homophobic in the US than Europe.

    Posted by: Merv | May 3, 2013 9:55:31 AM


  6. Never get too much of Robbie Rogers. He is one cool dude and I hope he gets back to the game.

    Posted by: Timmy | May 3, 2013 10:20:53 AM


  7. The myth that europe is less homophobic than america continues....Now if you say that Scandinavia is less homophobic you would be right. However Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland (and the Netherlands) are a tiny population segment in overall Europe. Their tradition of gender equality made their acceptance of homosexuality more tenable. Even in Spain where gay marriage is legal strong homophobia ( as well as sexism and racism) persists.

    Posted by: pedro | May 3, 2013 10:47:55 AM


  8. In an interview once, he said he had a girlfriend and love to invite girls into his big bed . lol

    Posted by: PE | May 3, 2013 11:29:05 AM


  9. He's back for the endorsments and nothing more...

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | May 3, 2013 5:08:26 PM


  10. Mr Brickman, your cynical posting says more about you than about Robbie Rogers.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | May 3, 2013 8:40:39 PM


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