Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – After reveaing he’s gay, former US national team winger Robbie Rogers announced that he might join a Major League Soccer (MLS) team this season to resume his playing career.
Rogers, who came out in February, said the fire to make a comeback has been ignited by the welcome he received from Los Angeles Galaxy players after joining the team in training this week.
“I just need a bit more time to evaluate and to see how things play out, but I’ve really enjoyed myself in Galaxy training. It feels normal to be back. I’ve grown up playing soccer my whole life,” Rogers told ESPN Radio in Dallas.
Rogers’ announcement came days after 12-year NBA veteran Jason Collins’ decision to come out in a Sports Illustrated essay, making him the first openly gay active player in any of the four major North American team sports.
The 25-year-old Rogers left Leeds United by mutual consent in January after spending more than a year in England. He suffered a concussion in his Leeds debut in February 2012 and was plagued by various injuries throughout his stay at Elland Road.
Rogers’ MLS rights are held by the Chicago Fire after they acquired them in a Feb. 4 trade with the Columbus Crew, who won the MLS Cup in 2008. However, Rogers said that wants to play close to home if he decides to resume his career.
Galaxy star Landon Donovan is among those pushing for his team to try to secure Rogers’ rights from the Fire:
“It was fun to play with him. He’s been out awhile, so it’s going to take him awhile to get back into it, and he would admit that. My personal hope is that we that we’ll sign him and that they can find out a way to work a trade with Chicago,” Donovan said.
The Fire are also hoping to keep the former U.S. international, who has been capped 18 times and scored against Mexico in 2012 in Jurgen Klinsmann’s first match in charge of the U.S. national team.
“We continue to be in touch with Rogers,” Fire executive Javier Leon told the Chicago Tribune. “Robbie is not ready to make a final commitment to return to competitive soccer. But we would like to have him play for us.”