Former U.S. National Team midfielder Robbie Rogers trained with the Galaxy on April 29.
This was his first professional training session since revealing that he was gay 2 months earlier. Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena as well as Landon Donovan and Mike Magee discuss Rogers’ arrival and its significance.
The Guardian reports:
by Leeds United in January, after a loan spell at Stevenage, and in
February said he was leaving the game that had “hid his secret”. But on
Tuesday he trained with the Galaxy, whose coach, Bruce Arena, said it
was “open-ended” as to what his future with the club might hold. The
Chicago Fire hold Rogers’ Major League Soccer rights, meaning the Galaxy
would need to work out a trade in order to sign him.
“He looked a
lot sharper than I thought he would today, given the fact he’s been
away from the game for a while” Arena told the Galaxy’s website. “The
timing I guess is good. I think our league is a progressive league. Our
league is a league comprised of all different races, colours and creeds,
and to be accepting of a gay athlete I don’t think is anything that’s
difficult for our league.