Robbie Rogers says that he was repeatedly a target of homophobic abuse last weekend during a USL game.
Rogers, an openly gay player who came out four years ago, played for LA Galaxy II during a Saturday USL game against OC Blues.
Rogers, 29, was making his comeback from an ankle injury. He played his first minutes since getting surgery this summer but late in the game he was the subject of an anti-gay slur from an opponent.
In a post on his Facebook page (see in full below) Rogers said that a player from OC Blues “called me a ‘queer’ repeatedly” and admitted that he was shocked and that in his fourth season back in MLS after a stint in England he has “yet to hear another player use that or any other gay slur during a game.”
Below is the statement in full from Rogers, who says his own teammates stood up for him after hearing the slur and players on the opposition also apologized for their teammates comments.
Rogers, a former winger who is now a left back with the Galaxy, has made 18 appearances for the U.S. national team and signed for LA in 2012 (winning MLS Cup in 2014) after leaving English Championship side Leeds United.