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USMNT, MLS vet Robbie Rogers retires at the age of 30

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Longtime MLS and USMNT player Robbie Rogers announced his retirement Tuesday at the age of 30.

A terrific career on the field was taken into a historic stratosphere in 2013, when Rogers became the first openly gay male to play in a major North American sports league.

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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:

Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers out for season

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LOS ANGELES (AP) LA Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers won’t be playing this season.

The 10-year Major League Soccer veteran had surgery in December to treat nerve damage in his left foot and had not played this year.

The Galaxy announced Thursday that he won’t return this season.

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The 29-year-old Rogers started in 19 games last season, in addition to the Galaxy’s playoff matches.

Overall, Rogers has played in 184 career MLS matches, including 78 with the Galaxy. He’s been on two MLS Cup championship teams, with the Columbus Crew in 2008 and the Galaxy in 2014.

Rogers has been with the Galaxy since May 2013.

Ashley Cole becomes latest Galaxy player sidelined by injured

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Plenty of changes were made to the LA Galaxy this offseason, and now injuries are also plaguing the five-time MLS Cup winners.

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New Galaxy manager Curt Onolfo this week that defender Ashley Cole suffered a calf injury in the team’s preseason friendly against Real Salt Lake on Tuesday.

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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 he repeatedly heard anti-gay slurs during game

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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.

LA Galaxy’s Robbie Rogers out 6 weeks after ankle surgery

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CARSON, Calif. (AP) — LA Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers will be sidelined for at least six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his ankle.

The Galaxy announced the injury Tuesday.

Rogers has been a mainstay on the Galaxy’s back line for the past three seasons since changing positions from midfield to defense. He has started 10 games and appeared in 12 this season.

On his Instagram account, Rogers expressed regret that he won’t be able to play Wednesday against Colorado on the Galaxy’s annual Pride Night at StubHub Center.

Rogers became the first openly gay male athlete in a major North American pro sport when he joined the Galaxy in 2013. He scored his first goal for the Galaxy on Pride Night last season.