Robbie Rogers training with LA Galaxy
Robbie Rogers, who left professional soccer after coming out as gay earlier this year, is training with the LA Galaxy, as first reported by LA Galaxy Insider Adam Serrano.
LA coach Bruce Arena said Rogers and the team had not yet determined how long the former U.S. international midfielder would train with the Galaxy. Rogers thanked Arena and the Galaxy for the opportunity via Twitter.
The Chicago Fire owns Rogers’ MLS rights after trading Dilly Duke and Dominic Oduro to the Columbus Crew in February. Fire coach Frank Klopas said the Galaxy had not yet contacted the team about a possible trade for Rogers, supported the 25-year-old’s return to soccer and hoped he’d consider playing with the Fire.
“Before he came out and his decision we made that move because we believe Robbie Rogers is a very good player, knowing that he would probably at some point leave his team in England. That hasn’t changed,” Chicago coach Frank Klopas said, according to the Fire’s official website.
“It’s great that he’s back into it. He’s a young man with a lot of years left and it’s something he loves doing. You can never get that back when its past. His home is in LA and he went to go back and play and I think that’s great news.”
Rogers, who won the 2008 MLS Cup with the Crew, joined Leeds United in 2012, before coming out. He left open the possibility of a return to soccer in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
“There’s a good chance that I might come back to [soccer] but I need a few months to chill out, hang out with my family, go surf in California, just relax,” the former U.S. international midfielder told CNN.