John M. Becker

Robbie Rogers May Return to Pro Soccer

Filed By John M. Becker | May 23, 2013 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Gay Icons and History
Tags: MLS, pro soccer player, Robbie Rogers

robbie_rogers.jpgRemember Robbie Rogers, the courageous (and gorgeous!) 25-year-old U.S. national soccer star who came out and retired from the sport earlier this year?

Well, it turns out that Rogers was so heartened by the overwhelming support he received from fellow players, fans, and the American public that he's apparently reconsidered his decision to retire. If he returns to active play, Rogers will be the first openly gay male athlete currently playing in Major League Soccer.

Gay Star News reports that Rogers has been practicing with the Los Angeles Galaxy in recent weeks. At the 2013 Voice Awards last Sunday, he greeted the crowd, thanked them for their support, and credited them for inspiring him to return to professional soccer.

Speaking to reporter Greg Hernandez, Rogers said that there are still some logistical hurdles to be sorted out with his former team, but he's optimistic:

It's just kind of being worked out. Chicago owns my rights and until they trade me to LA, I guess I'm owned by Chicago. It feels amazing to be back in California and obviously back on the soccer field. Just working away...

I'm excited to get back to [playing] and I hope it kind of creates a path for other footballers, for other soccer players to do the same.

Rogers chose not to return to the Chicago Fire because he wants to live closer to his family in Huntington Beach, California.

Here's hoping that everything gets sorted out so this LGBT trailblazer is able to get back on the field. Welcome back, Robbie Rogers!

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