It’s Official: Robbie Rogers to LA Galaxy
Robbie Rogers is officially a member of the LA Galaxy, a move that makes him the first openly gay man to play for a team in top-tier American professional sports.
The trade between the LA Galaxy and Chicago Fire both allows Rogers to play professionally near his family and hometown, but as players such as Omar Gonzalez told the press, also allows LA’s Mike Magee to return home to his birthplace of Chicago.
Throughout the event, Rogers both acknowledged the historic step he’s taking while also expressing that this is as much about wanting to get back to the sport he loves as being a role model. He told reporters, “My number one goal was to come back and compete and play soccer and I know that by doing that I’m also being that role model you can say or that spokesperson. It makes it easy for me to play a sport I love and to do that.”
He also addressed soccer fans who may not like him for his sexuality by saying he’d like to give such people a hug and that he would welcome a conversation with Sheik Monsour, part owner of the newly announced NYCFC and Deputy Prime Minister of a nation with a terrible track record on human rights.
We’ll continue to have coverage of Robbie Rogers’ return to soccer throughout the weekend, including more quotes from Rogers, Bruce Arena, and his new teammates. We’ll also be live at what will potentially be his first match tomorrow night.