Monday, May 27, 2013

Robbie Rogers Galaxy debut as openly gay athlete

Robbie Rogers,Galaxy debut, openly gay athlete,gay

Robbie Rogers just wants to play pro soccer again, but now it's going to be historical. He is now the first openly gay male athlete to play in a U.S. professional league on Sunday night, in his Major League Soccer debut with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

He entered the game in the 77th minute as the Galaxy were leading the Seattle Sounders 4-0.

"I guess this is a historic thing, but for me it was just a soccer game," he said.

He received loud cheers from the crowd of 24,811 as he ran onto the pitch, with fans chanting his last name. Rogers ran by teammate Landon Donovan, who slapped his hand and patted him on the back as he took his position.

Rogers touched the ball a couple times in the closing minutes of the Galaxy's victory that ended Seattle's three-game winning streak. The 26-year-old midfielder hadn't played professionally since last year. He spent the last two seasons in England.

With the Galaxy owning a comfortable lead, head coach Bruce Arena was able to insert Rogers.

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