Openly Gay US Soccer Star Makes History
Robbie Rogers is first openly gay man to play in US pro league
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2013 2:24 AM CDT
Robbie Rogers eyes the ball during a US soccer match against Slovakia in Bratislava, Slovakia.    (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)

(Newser) – The Los Angeles Galaxy's Robbie Rogers made history yesterday as the first openly gay man to play in a US professional league. The 26-year-old winger—who came out of the closet after retiring briefly in February, was cheered and the crowd chanted his name as he came on as a substitute in the Galaxy's 4-0 win over the Seattle Sounders, the AP reports.

"I kept my secret because I thought I couldn't be both a soccer player and a gay athlete," Rogers tells CNN. "I figured it out that it's not true, but I felt that way. So I was afraid to put myself back into a situation where I felt like I was kind of an outcast or just different than people." The NBA's Jason Collins became the first active male athlete in an American professional team sport to come out of the closet last month, but Rogers is the first to actually play a game after coming out.

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RLM357
Jun 3, 2013 7:48 AM CDT
So he's tired of kicking balls in large crowds-- from a closet. Maybe he should play Pool. That way he could rack HIS own balls on a table. Than whack them with a Stick. Knocking them back into his pockets. All this on FELT ! But he can't Scratch or he would loose his turn to somewone else who would than take up another stick and... well you know the rest.... ~Rick Magee, FL:.
timnielsen
May 29, 2013 10:15 PM CDT
I'll bet he gives great head-er
Cat-Lover
May 27, 2013 6:30 PM CDT
Why is it that all of the men who have come out this past decade are some of the most gorgeous men on earth? I'm not complaining...I'm fantasizing out loud.