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May 26, 2013 | By Andrew Gastelum
The announcements, the decisions, the introductions and the reactions have passed. Now Robbie Rogers will be judged by what he does on the field for the Los Angeles Galaxy. But when Rogers steps on the field, he will do so as an athlete, icon and target. “Society is changing,” he said Saturday during his introductory news conference at Home Depot Center. “Obviously there are a lot of people that are still behind, and they should be willing to accept the fact that there are gay men and women out there who don't have a choice.
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January 8, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Thomas Hitzlsperger, who played in the English Premier League and for the German national team before retiring four months ago, told a German newspaper Wednesday he is gay and wants to speak out in an effort to break down the stigma of homosexuality in sports. Hitzlsperger's revelation in Die Zeit comes 11 months after another former British professional player, American Robbie Rogers, came out as gay in an emotional blog post. Rogers later unretired and last May became the first openly gay player to participate in a major U.S. professional league when he joined the Galaxy.
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May 25, 2013 | By Andrew Gastelum
For Robbie Rogers, the comeback trail is laid out in front of him. The Galaxy unveiled its newest acquisition Saturday afternoon, and Rogers will become the first openly gay athlete to play in an American professional sports league for men when he takes the field, which could come as early as Sunday. “For 25 years, I've been afraid to share a secret with someone,” Rogers said. “And I finally did that. I kept my secret because I thought I couldn't be both a soccer player and a gay athlete.
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January 3, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Former Galaxy forward Mike Magee will be returning to StubHub Center on Monday after earning an invitation to the U.S. national team's winter training camp. Magee, who won Major League Soccer's MVP award last season after tying for the league lead with 21 goals, will be joined in the monthlong camp by former Galaxy teammates Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez. The camp, the longest and most extensive ahead of June's World Cup in Brazil, will be split across two continents. After six days in Carson, the roster will be trimmed to 23 players and the team will decamp for the U.S. team's summer training base in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for 12 days of twice-daily sessions.
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May 25, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The Galaxy has scheduled a Saturday news conference to announce it has acquired the rights to former U.S. national team player Robbie Rogers from the Chicago Fire in exchange for midfielder Mike Magee. Rogers, a 26-year-old winger from Rancho Palos Verdes, briefly walked away from soccer last winter after being released by second-division English club Leeds United. In February, shortly after his retirement, he published a personal and powerful Internet blog in which he revealed he was gay. Rogers' return to the field for the Galaxy will make him the first openly gay player in Major League Soccer history.
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May 27, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
As historic moments go, Robbie Rogers' debut with the Galaxy on Sunday featured surprisingly little drama. With 13 minutes left in a 4-0 rout of the Seattle Sounders, official Alejandro Mariscal quietly called Brazilian midfielder Juninho to the sideline and sent Rogers in to take his place. And with that Major League Soccer -- and perhaps the U.S. sports landscape in general -- changed forever. Because when Rogers stepped on the field he became the first openly gay athlete to play for a professional men's team in one of the country's five major leagues.
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June 1, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
If Robbie Rogers needed a reminder that fame can be fleeting, he got it Monday morning when he boarded a US Airways flight to North Carolina. A few hours earlier, by playing the final 13 minutes of a Major League Soccer match for the Galaxy, he had become the first openly gay male athlete to compete in one of the country's five major professional leagues. His face was splashed across the front page of dozens of sports sections on two continents and ESPN was running highlights of his appearance in what seemed like an endless loop.
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July 11, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Galaxy stars David Beckham and Landon Donovan headline the roster for the MLS All-Star Game, which will be played July 24 in Toronto against the English Premier League club West Ham United. Also selected to the team were midfielders Sacha Kljestan of Chivas USA, Cuauhtemoc Blanco of the Chicago Fire and Robbie Rogers of Columbus, defenders Jimmy Conrad of the Kansas City Wizards and Frankie Hejduk of the Columbus Crew, and forward Kenny Cooper of FC Dallas. The league-leading New England Revolution claimed three of the 11 early roster spots for the game -- defender Michael Parkhurst, midfielder Shalrie Joseph and goalkeeper Matt Reis.
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May 26, 2013 | Andrew Gastelum
The next time Robbie Rogers takes the field, he will become the first openly gay male athlete to play in a major U.S. professional sport. That opportunity could come as early as Sunday night when the Galaxy hosts the Seattle Sounders. "As an athlete when you step on the field, you step on the field and don't think about other stuff," Rogers said at his introductory news conference Saturday. "So I think it will be quite natural and normal. But after, when I have time to take everything in, then I will say this has been quite a journey for me. " The Galaxy signed Rogers to a multiyear contract after acquiring him from the Chicago Fire in exchange for leading scorer and fan favorite Mike Magee, who wanted to return home to Chicago for personal reasons.
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January 8, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Thomas Hitzlsperger, who played in the English Premier League and for the German national team before retiring four months ago, told a German newspaper Wednesday he is gay and wants to speak out in an effort to break down the stigma of homosexuality in sports. Hitzlsperger's revelation in Die Zeit comes 11 months after another former British professional player, American Robbie Rogers, came out as gay in an emotional blog post. Rogers later unretired and last May became the first openly gay player to participate in a major U.S. professional league when he joined the Galaxy.
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August 28, 2013 | Kevin Baxter
The Galaxy has scheduled a news conference Wednesday to announce that it has reached agreement with forward Landon Donovan on a multiyear contract that will probably keep him in Major League Soccer for the rest of his career. The deal is the club's most significant since the 2007 signing of former English national team captain David Beckham, whose decision to play in the U.S. transformed the league and the Galaxy. The signing of the 31-year-old Donovan, meanwhile, keeps the most decorated player in MLS history at home despite reports he received numerous offers from clubs in Europe and Latin America.
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June 29, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The last time the U.S. made it past the group stage in the U-20 World Cup, it had a roster sprinkled with players - guys such as Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Robbie Rogers and Freddy Adu - who would go on to make a name for themselves on the senior national team. Which is kind of the point of having a U-20 national team, said Tab Ramos, who coached the U.S. in last week's age-group World Cup in Turkey. "This is why it's so important for these players," he said. "Their next step from here is possibly, if not the Olympic team, the senior national team.
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June 1, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
If Robbie Rogers needed a reminder that fame can be fleeting, he got it Monday morning when he boarded a US Airways flight to North Carolina. A few hours earlier, by playing the final 13 minutes of a Major League Soccer match for the Galaxy, he had become the first openly gay male athlete to compete in one of the country's five major professional leagues. His face was splashed across the front page of dozens of sports sections on two continents and ESPN was running highlights of his appearance in what seemed like an endless loop.
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May 27, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
As historic moments go, Robbie Rogers' debut with the Galaxy on Sunday featured surprisingly little drama. With 13 minutes left in a 4-0 rout of the Seattle Sounders, official Alejandro Mariscal quietly called Brazilian midfielder Juninho to the sideline and sent Rogers in to take his place. And with that Major League Soccer -- and perhaps the U.S. sports landscape in general -- changed forever. Because when Rogers stepped on the field he became the first openly gay athlete to play for a professional men's team in one of the country's five major leagues.
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May 26, 2013 | Andrew Gastelum
The next time Robbie Rogers takes the field, he will become the first openly gay male athlete to play in a major U.S. professional sport. That opportunity could come as early as Sunday night when the Galaxy hosts the Seattle Sounders. "As an athlete when you step on the field, you step on the field and don't think about other stuff," Rogers said at his introductory news conference Saturday. "So I think it will be quite natural and normal. But after, when I have time to take everything in, then I will say this has been quite a journey for me. " The Galaxy signed Rogers to a multiyear contract after acquiring him from the Chicago Fire in exchange for leading scorer and fan favorite Mike Magee, who wanted to return home to Chicago for personal reasons.
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May 26, 2013 | By Steve Galluzzo
On a historic night at Home Depot Center, Robbie Keane made some history of his own Sunday by recording the first hat trick of his Major League Soccer career to lead the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 4-0 rout of the Seattle Sounders FC in the clubs' first meeting since the Western Conference championship series in November. Midfielder Robbie Rogers entered the game to a rousing ovation in the 77th minute, becoming the first openly gay male athlete to play in an American professional team sport.
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August 28, 2013 | Kevin Baxter
The Galaxy has scheduled a news conference Wednesday to announce that it has reached agreement with forward Landon Donovan on a multiyear contract that will probably keep him in Major League Soccer for the rest of his career. The deal is the club's most significant since the 2007 signing of former English national team captain David Beckham, whose decision to play in the U.S. transformed the league and the Galaxy. The signing of the 31-year-old Donovan, meanwhile, keeps the most decorated player in MLS history at home despite reports he received numerous offers from clubs in Europe and Latin America.
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January 3, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Former Galaxy forward Mike Magee will be returning to StubHub Center on Monday after earning an invitation to the U.S. national team's winter training camp. Magee, who won Major League Soccer's MVP award last season after tying for the league lead with 21 goals, will be joined in the monthlong camp by former Galaxy teammates Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez. The camp, the longest and most extensive ahead of June's World Cup in Brazil, will be split across two continents. After six days in Carson, the roster will be trimmed to 23 players and the team will decamp for the U.S. team's summer training base in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for 12 days of twice-daily sessions.
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May 26, 2013 | By Andrew Gastelum
The announcements, the decisions, the introductions and the reactions have passed. Now Robbie Rogers will be judged by what he does on the field for the Los Angeles Galaxy. But when Rogers steps on the field, he will do so as an athlete, icon and target. “Society is changing,” he said Saturday during his introductory news conference at Home Depot Center. “Obviously there are a lot of people that are still behind, and they should be willing to accept the fact that there are gay men and women out there who don't have a choice.
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May 25, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The Galaxy has scheduled a Saturday news conference to announce it has acquired the rights to former U.S. national team player Robbie Rogers from the Chicago Fire in exchange for midfielder Mike Magee. Rogers, a 26-year-old winger from Rancho Palos Verdes, briefly walked away from soccer last winter after being released by second-division English club Leeds United. In February, shortly after his retirement, he published a personal and powerful Internet blog in which he revealed he was gay. Rogers' return to the field for the Galaxy will make him the first openly gay player in Major League Soccer history.
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