LA Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers made American sports history a year ago when he became the first athlete in a major professional sport to come out as a gay man.
The announcement led to considerable scrutiny and media pressure in his difficult first season with the club, but now a year later, things have changed consdierably. Rogers has solidified himself as one of the top left backs in MLS and on Thursday, he was rewarded with a new multi-year contract extension by the Galaxy.
As his professional life has come together, Rogers' has personal life has flourished as well as the 27-year-old will be releasing his biography "Coming Out to Play." on Nov. 25. On Thursday, Rogers celebrated the book's release with a private event in West Hollywood.
"It was an amazing event and I'm so happy to see the support from everyone," Rogers said.
Photos of the event are below.
MONTREAL -- Head coach Bruce Arena spoke to reporters after the Galaxy's 2-2 draw with the Montreal Impact.
His thoughts are below.
(On whether he was pleased with how the team fought back in the second half…)
ARENA: I have to give the guys credit, but we weren’t good enough. We didn’t play tonight. To get a point when you’re down two goals, I guess I can’t complain a lot, but on the night we weren’t good.
(On the tactical switch at half time, putting in Robbie Rogers…)
ARENA: We switched to a back four because we don’t have the players capable of making the kind of adjustments that I asked them to make with a back three. That’s my responsibility. I’d like to see that we had players with a bit of a more tactical feel, but it’s obvious that some of them don’t and it’s not the appropriate formation to play so that’s my responsibility as the coach. At halftime the message was to get a goal in, to get back in the game. After the second goal, I thought we would win the game but in the end we just weren’t sharp.
(On the team getting a point in the game…)
ARENA: There’s still a point out of that and considering that we made a mess for ourselves, that we got a point out of it was good. But we need to be better over 90 minutes than we were tonight. … They fouled us tactically and made some good fouls and if we were a little smarter, we’d have done the same and probably avoided a couple goals.
(On Zardes, Gordon and the offense…)
ARENA: He’s been good and unfortunately for Gyasi, I had to stick him out wide to get Alan in. Alan gets a goal and he’s doing a great job. We looked a little tired and we weren’t clicking.
(On Karl Ouimette tonight…)
ARENA: I am happy to be part of the MLS and to see how they treat their players when they are in grief. My heart goes out to Karl and his family and I was happy to see the support he got from the fans here in Montreal tonight. If there is anything that I’m proud of it’s that we could recognize those families.
(On Landon Donovan as possible MLS MVP candidate….)
ARENA: That’s not for me to talk about. That’s for all of you [reporters] on your websites and your Twitters. It’s not important at this point and I don’t want to get involved in that conversation. [Besides] isn’t it September now? He’s playing well.
MONTREAL -- The LA Galaxy will look to extend their five-game winning streak to six on Wednesday when they take on the Montreal Impact.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at the team's recent offensive success.
CARSON, Calif. –The LA Galaxy will be without defender Todd Dunivant for at least the next month.
The Galaxy's 33-year-old left back told reporters at training on Sunday that the he will be out for around six weeks with a left groin tear. Dunivant needed to be stretchered off the field in the 26th minute after suffering the injury during a collision with a Rapids attacker minutes earlier. The injury is the second long-term injury for Dunivant this season as he only recently returned from abdominal surgery that was needed to repair an abdominal tear suffered in April.
"I had the MRI yesterday. It was a pretty significant tear," said Dunivant on Sunday. "I can't walk straight. It sucks."
With Dunivant out, the Galaxy's outside back depth appears thin as veteran James Riley is only now returning from a left meniscus tear, and made his first gameday roster on Friday since suffering the injury in March. Meanwhile Robbie Rogers is continuing to deal with a left hamstring strain that forced him from the gameday squad against the Rapids.
“It’s been bizarre in that outside back is where we’ve had the most trouble [with injuries],” said Landon Donovan. “Guys have stepped in and they’ve done a great job. It’s been a bit a mish-mash of guys throughout the year, but through all of that, we still have the best defensive record in the league and we’re still playing well defensively.”
At training on Sunday, Rogers revealed that he will be traveling with the team to Montreal, but expects to only be limited to reserve duty against the Impact as he looks to return to full starting duty against the San Jose Earthquakes three days later.
For both Dunivant and Rogers, the injury-riddled 2014 campaign has been a frustrating one, but Rogers insists that the two will overcome—by any means necessary.
“Todd and I were saying that someone needs to walk the field with incense and use voodoo,” Rogers joked. “For whatever reason this year, our [outside] defenders have had trouble with injuries, but that’s just part of the job.
“We've been dealing with injuries all season to different guys, but the team has done a great job of stepping up,” Rogers added. “Our team isn’t just one player obviously.”
Soccer has caught the attention of America over the past month and now MLS kicks back into full swing with a slate of games this weekend.
MLSsoccer.com gets you excited for the action with this hype video.
PHILADELPHIA -- The 2014 MLS SuperDraft will be taking place on Thursday in Philadelphia and we'll be covering it on CoveritLive below.
The LA Galaxy hold just one pick on day one of the draft with the 23rd overall selection in the second round.
Check it out below.
CARSON, Calif. – Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez were named to the 2013 MLS Best XI after a pair of banner seasons.
Keane, a finalist for 2013 MLS MVP and a Best XI selection a year ago, led the Galaxy offense in 2013 with 16 goals and 11 assists in 23 appearances. Gonzalez, who was a finalist for the 2013 MLS Defender of the Year, was LA’s defensive fulcrum with one goal and two assists in 27 games played.
The Best XI includes ex-Galaxy players Donovan Ricketts and Mike Magee while the Portland Timbers led all teams with three players included on the squad.
2013 MLS Best XI: Ricketts (Portland Timbers); Besler (Sporting KC), Goncalves (New England Revolution), Gonzalez (LA Galaxy); Cahill (New York Red Bulls); Johnson (Portland), Valeri (Portland), Zusi (Sporting KC); Di Vaio (Montreal Impact), Keane (LA Galaxy), Magee (Chicago Fire)
Thank you @MLS , my fellow players and the media for voting me MLS Best XI. I'm truly honored.
— Omar Gonzalez (@Omar4Gonzalez) December 3, 2013
— OptaJack (@OptaJack) December 3, 2013
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