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Robbie Rogers made his return to Major League Soccer in a match that saw his LA Galaxy shut out the Seattle Sounders.
The Galaxy certainly made it easy for head coach Bruce Arena to have some flexibility with second half substitutions, racking up all four of their goals in the first half of the match. In addition to being a part of the buildup to Sean Franklin’s opening goal, Robbie Keane scored his first hat trick in MLS, with a slick finish in the 24th minute and two converted penalties.
For the first half, it just seemed that whenever the Sounders captured possession, they would get the ball up the field then just fall apart. The second was a bit more balanced with chances for both sides, including a very nice 68th minute shot from Landon Donovan coupled with a nice save from Michael Gspurning.
Robbie Rogers was substituted into the game in the 77th minute for Juninho. He took the field, the crowd roared, and the game continued. When the whistle blew for full time, the LA Galaxy walked away with a 4-0 win.
Rogers got in a few touches, won a one-on-one battle, and generally looked good out there on the field. And immensely happy.
In the post-game press conference Bruce Arena emphasized that judgement will come for Rogers over the next weeks and months, and Rogers himself said true tests will come on narrower pitches where he will have less space to work with. The goal is to continue to get Rogers playing time and experience back in the game.
That next experience will come Wednesday as the Galaxy take on the Carolina Railhawks in the next round of the U.S. Open Cup. With the crew Arena is sending to Cary, Rogers sees himself somewhat as a senior figure, an older player who can share past Cup experience with other players who haven’t had as much play in the century-old tournament.
But all in all, the game was perfect. It was normal. And Rogers wouldn’t have had it any other way.
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.
Robbie Rogers to become first out Major League Soccer player, first out man to ever play in any top soccer league.
First reported at in a story on the USA Today website (and spotted by Taylor Twellman), multiple anonymous sources have said that the deal has been done for Robbie Rogers to return to Major League Soccer, playing for the LA Galaxy.
Steven Goff of the Washington Post is hearing the same:
Unconfirmed but hearing Galaxy sending Mike Magee to Fire for rights to Robbie Rogers. Awaiting final word. #mls
— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) May 25, 2013
It’s happening, 2nd source says: Magee for Rogers, straight up #mls
— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) May 25, 2013
Gay4soccer.com also has a source confirming this trade.
More as the story develops…
Last night Rogers attended the Los Angeles premiere of the film Now You See Me, an upcoming release about magicians who pull off bank robberies. He posted this pre-red carpet picture to his Instagram account.
More news also came out yesterday about the negotiations between the Chicago Fire and LA Galaxy over Robbie Rogers’ playing rights. LA Galaxy Confidential reports that the Fire is aiming high right now, asking that Rogers’ rights be traded for Mike Magee, who has come to be known as “Mr. November” for coming through in the clutch for LA scoring key goals at playoffs time. Needless to say, the swap isn’t likely.
We head north today to recruit Allies List members from our second Cascadia and second Canadian team this month, the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Vancouver defenders Jay DeMerit and Jordan Harvey participated in the NOH8 Campaign when they visited last year and five others joined with us last season: Joe Cannon, Brad Knighton, Alain Rochat, Omar Salgado, and Matt Watson.
Six current Real Salt Lake players are on the Allies List: Rich Balchan, Tony Beltran, Eduardo Fernández, Lovel Palmer, Sebastian Velasquez, and Chris Wingert. Wingert and RSL alumnus Brian Dunseth both took part in Salt Lake’s first-ever NO H8 Campaign photo shoot.
Will another MLS captain join them? How about a US Men’s National team goalkeeper? Help us ask the players who use social media to join the list by tweeting at us or using the hashtag #soccerally.
Are you getting tired of waiting while the LA Galaxy and Chicago Fire negotiate over Robbie Rogers’ rights? I am, and hereby begin obsessive coverage of Robbie Rogers Watch 2013.
We begin with this past weekend when Rogers attended the 2013 Voice Award put on by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. Naturally, he was asked about his playing future when he walked the red carpet.
He told Gay Star News:
‘I told them I want to stay here with my family,’ he said. ‘It’s very important to me right now that I’m around my family and friends. Hopefully it works out. I think it should, it should be sorted out in the next few weeks.’
The next few weeks? Here’s hoping.
For the rest of the month we’re hitting teams that already have six or more allies, like the Houston Dynamo. Can those at the top add even more?
Houston has one of the first players on our list, Mike Chabala who was the first soccer pro to pose for the NOH8 Campaign and part of the first MLS You Can Play video. Corey Ashe, Calen Carr, Brian Ching, Warren Creavalle, and Alex Dixon all signed onto the list last season.
Let’s get the players to join them. Ask them on Twitter and have them mention us or the #soccerally hashtag to show their support.
NYCFC as Major League Soccer’s 20th team may be the news of the day, but we push ahead with the Columbus Crew as our 12th team for ally recruitment.
Last May, four current Crew players signed onto our Allies List. Chad Marshall, Aaron Schoenfeld, Konrad Warzycha, and Josh Williams all responded to fans and us on Twitter to join the cause.
It was great to see Seattle fans get involved yesterday and recruiting players so let’s work together again today. Use the list below to ask players to join by tweeting at us or using the #soccerally hashtag.
Supporters groups in Cascadia marked Friday’s International Day Against Homophobia with displays in the stands Saturday in Vancouver and Seattle.