Klinsmann ready to talk with Rogers, says back came close to January call-up


Jurgen Klinsmann has responded to Robbie Rogers, better late than never.

The United States men’s national team head coach claims he didn’t realize Rogers’ communications to him after coming out as gay two years ago required a reply, and has no problem chatting with the left back.

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Their relationship extends well into the past, as Klinsmann helped Rogers career even when the 27-year-old was an adolescent.

And if Rogers wants back into the USMNT fray, Klinsmann’s willing to hear him out.

From MLSSoccer.com:

“Oh, definitely. We can have that anytime. No problem at all,” Klinsmann said Thursday. “He [sent] me a note, and I absolutely respect that. But I think this is his privacy. I thought there was no need to respond.

“I can give him a call, and we can have a nice cup of coffee, no problem at all.”

Rogers wasn’t invited into the US national team’s January camp, but Klinsmann last week said he would have included the Galaxy veteran, who reenergized his career with a move last season to left back, had he not devoted a good deal of his roster to potential Olympic players.

Well that’s a different tale, now. The U.S. is far from set at left back — not that there aren’t quality prospects like Greg Garza — but Rogers getting a look in the national defense is something we’ve spoken of in the past (as has Robbie Keane).

Think he can make a dent? At 27? Stranger things have happened. Rogers was capped 18 times for the States between 2009-11, albeit at a different position. His reprisal of a USMNT role would be a tremendous career comeback.