Look how far we’ve all come in a year. Remember, it was just one short year ago that Robbie Rogers made American sports history.
No matter what the MSM establishment would have you believe, Rogers was the first American professional male athlete in a major sport to reveal publicly that he was gay. It was a big cultural moment.
Now? More and more Rogers is just another player, another man in uniform who has to make his way, whose ability to remain on roster needs earning. At some point, it doesn’t matter whether his name is Robbie Rogers or Roy Rogers or Roger Clemens – he has to earn his way and pay. Period.
Yes, Rogers will always remain a figure of historic relevancy. But he’s got to be a contributing member of the LA Galaxy … or Bruce Arena and Co. will rightly cut their losses, admit that trade (involving Mike Magee, which looks wildly tilted in the Chicago Fire’s favor at this point) was a bust of epic proportions and just move on.
And people like me will be watching like a blogging hawk, simply because Rogers is a figure of historic relevancy. This isn’t some B-list winger trying to make his way at New York or New England … this is Robbie Rogers!
And we start watching more closely next week, apparently.
That’s because Rogers is due back to Galaxy practice next week, according to Arena. He has been absent for most of the preseason.
By the way, Todd Dunivant is also due back next week. I mention that not only because the guy has 272 career MLS starts (that’s not including playoffs, Open Cup or Champions League matches) and still has something to offer in the Galaxy’s competitive pursuits. It’s also because the guy is a total pro and quite a nice fellow, the kind that (in all honesty) journalists like myself enjoy dealing with.