Robbie Rogers Returns to the Training Field
Multiple Major League Soccer clubs express an interest in having the winger on their side
— Adam Serrano (@LAGalaxyInsider) April 30, 2013
Robbie Rogers began his anticipated training stint with the LA Galaxy, leading to further speculation as to his full-time return to MLS and interest from multiple coaches.
While praising the progressiveness of the league, head coach Bruce Arena didn’t comment on any desire to acquire Rogers from the Chicago Fire who currently hold his rights in MLS. But that didn’t stop star Landon Donovan who spoke with the LA Galaxy Insider about playing with Rogers and a desire to have him join him in the Galaxy midfield:
Hopefully he does well, my personal hope is that we can sign him and we can work out a way to work out a trade with Chicago. I think that beyond the immediate soccer part, I think there’s much bigger positive consequences that could come from that and we’re all hopeful that he can get fit and Bruce wants to sign him.
But again, Rogers rights are currently held by the Fire, and Frank Klopas reiterated that their first preference would be to keep him in Chicago when speaking with MLSSoccer.com:
“It’s great, with his home in LA, for him to go back and play, that’s great news,” Klopas said. “Before he came out, we made that move because we believe Robbie Rogers is a very good player and we knew at some point that he was leaving his team in England. That hasn’t changed.
“It’s great that he came out, that’s all great, and a lot of people support him. We are, too. He’s a young guy, it’s great for him to come back and play. That’s why we took his rights.”
The Seattle Sounders’ Sigi Schmid, who coached Robbie Rogers to an MLS Cup with the Columbus Crew, also joined the chorus of voices expressing an interest in him joining their team. Rogers also has connections to Seattle through college teammate Marc Burch and friend through the US Men’s National Team Brad Evans.
All this being said–and it’s great to see so much speculation and desire to see Robbie Rogers play–photos like the one in Major League Soccer’s Kick Off says it all for me. Robbie’s playing soccer as an out gay man. And he’s immensely happy doing it.
And as Grant Wahl reminds us, Robbie Rogers may still be a groundbreaking gay athlete:
Robbie Rogers may end up being 1st openly gay male athlete to PLAY in a major US team sport. Trained with LA Galaxy Tue, may unretire at 25.
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) May 1, 2013