Report: Rogers coming back to MLS
Former United States international Robbie Rogers, who announced his retirement after coming out gay three months ago, is coming back to the sport and will become the first openly gay player in Major League Soccer.
"I seriously felt like a coward," Rogers told USA TODAY Sports. "These kids are standing up for themselves and changing the world, and I'm 25, I have a platform and a voice to be a role model. How much of a coward was I to not step up to the plate?"
Rogers added: "I want to compete on the field. I want to make it back to the national team. I have a lot of motivating factors working for me right now. There's a lot to be excited about. It's awesome to be part of a movement that is changing our society."
The LA Galaxy will hold a press conference on Saturday and are expected to introduce Rogers to the club. The Washington Post reported on Friday that the Galaxy will ship Mike Magee to the Chicago Fire for the right to sign Rogers.
Rogers had been informally training with the Galaxy earlier this year. The 25-year-old midfielder was released by Leeds United in January after a loan spell at Stevenage. In February, the Fire obtained Rogers’ rights along with midfielder Dilly Duka in a trade that sent Ghanaian forward Dominic Oduro to the Columbus Crew.
Rogers officially announced his retirement on his blog while simultaneously revealing his sexuality. Rogers, who won 18 caps for the United States men's national team, wrote: "Secrets can cause so much internal damage. People love to preach about honesty, how honesty is so plain and simple. Try explaining to your loved ones after 25 years you are gay.
"Try convincing yourself that your creator has the most wonderful purpose for you even though you were taught differently. Now is my time to step away. It's time to discover myself away from football.''
FOXSoccer.com's wire services contributed to this report.