Rogers did not play this season after playing 24 matches including playoffs for LA last season.
Here’s what Rogers had to say about his retirement, thanking his legendary Galaxy coach for support and encouragement to play after coming out. From LAGalaxy.com:
“I would like to thank Bruce Arena for encouraging me to return to professional soccer after I came out as a gay man. I’d also like to thank all of my LA Galaxy teammates for accepting me from the first day I stepped back into the locker room at StubHub Center. Finally, I’d like to thank the fans for their continued support throughout my career. I’ll never forget the feeling of returning to the field in my first game back. That feeling of acceptance and support pushed me as an athlete and as a person. Having the opportunity to win an MLS Cup in my hometown, with my hometown club as an openly gay man will be something I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I will remain deeply connected to this sport and its surrounding community. I leave the game full of pride of what I have accomplished as a person and a player. I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life.”
Rogers finishes with 18 caps and three goals, the first coming in January 2009 against Sweden and the last in Slovenia in 2011.
After more than 100 matches for the Columbus Crew, Jurgen Klinsmann helped Rogers get a run with Leeds United. His stay was dogged by injuries and featured a loan to Stevenage before he returned home.
He will walk away from the game with one of the most important assists in U.S. men’s national team history, sending in the corner kick nodded home from Jonathan Bornstein to clinch the top spot in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying in 2009:
The Los Angeles Times in reporting that Cole’s injury could keep him out for around a month, which would leave him absent of the Galaxy’s first three matches against FC Dallas, the Portland Timbers and RSL.
The 36-year-old Cole joined the Western Conference side in 2016 after a lengthy and successful European career. In his debut season, Cole made 26 starts for the Galaxy and scored a goal in that span.
In addition to Cole’s injury, the Galaxy are currently without outside back Robbie Rogers and USMNT attacker Gyasi Zardes, who have both undergone surgeries in the past two months.
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.
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