CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Rogers may make his LA Galaxy debut on Sunday in the team's match against Seattle Sounders FC, if the club receives his International Transfer Certificate in time.
LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena told reporters on Saturday that if the club receives Rogers' ITC then he will be placed into the club's 18-man roster. Rogers is already hopeful that he'll be on the squad against Seattle.
"I expect to be in the 18, but I don't know," said Rogers. "I don't expect one way or the other. I just really want us to win."
CARSON, Calif. –Mike Magee may no longer be a member of the LA Galaxy, but his contributions to the club during their two consecutive MLS Cup titles will not be forgotten.
Magee was dealt to his hometown Chicago Fire in exchange for Robbie Rogers after citing personal concerns as the reason for a return home. The deal costs the Galaxy their current leading goal scorer with six goals in the MLS Regular Season and a clutch scorer during LA's title runs.
“This entire club has given me everything that I could have ever wished for, including allowing me the opportunity to return to my home of Chicago,” Magee said in an open letter to LAGalaxy.com. “This was not an easy decision for me and my family, but it is what we feel is for the best and I am appreciative to both the Galaxy and the Fire to helping facilitate this request.”
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena admitted that while there was a chance that the deal could have been made without Magee heading to Chicago, the midfielder’s preference is what led to the trade.
“If Mike didn’t want to do this, I would not have done it. [It is] that simple,” said Arena. “I have a long history with Mike and I have the greatest respect for him and his family and his personal concerns. To me, that’s what slants the deal.”
Although Magee will not be suiting up for the Fire, his former Galaxy teammates admit that he’ll be missed.
“We’re all sad to lose Mike. Obviously, professionally, it’s a loss for our team, but personally we’ve all grown to really love Mike, but there’s not many opportunities in sports where something like this happens and it’s great for both parties,” said Landon Donovan. “For Mike, it was a personal decision that I that he’s been hoping for a little while at least, and it’s nice for him to be able to do that.”
“[Magee] is good for the locker room, so he’s certainly going to be missed by everybody, but you have to respect somebody’s decision that for family reasons, he wants to go back home,” said Galaxy captain Robbie Keane. “We wish him well and hope that he can have as much success there as he had with the Galaxy.”
Ultimately, with Magee looking to return home and Rogers seeking to restart his career close to home, the situation worked out for both parties.
“When you look at it from a human being perspective, it was the right decision for Mike, it was the right decision for Robbie,” said Donovan. “For me, all the other stuff doesn’t matter. If the fans don’t like it, I think that they should possibly try to understand the full situation and understand what both people are going through.”
AC Milan, Everton, Valencia, and Chelsea join as the field is filled for the Guinness International Champions Cup
The field for the Guinness International Champions Cup has been filled.
The LA Galaxy will be joined by AC Milan (Italy), Valencia (Spain), Everton, and Chelsea (Both England), the organizers of the tournament announced on Saturday. Inter Milan, Juventus, the Galaxy and Real Madrid were announced as participants in April.
CARSON, Calif. – Robbie Rogers knows that he has big shoes to fill.
After being traded to the Galaxy in a deal that sent fan favorite Mike Magee to the Chicago Fire, Rogers must deal with the pressure of replacing the club’s former leading goal scorer.
During his 10 appearances with the Galaxy in MLS regular season play, Magee notched six goals, but he’ll now be taking his talents to his native Chicago. As Rogers looks to replace Magee’s production, he views the expectations as just another challenge.
“As a professional player, there’s always pressure. Mike is a great friend of mine and a great soccer player and I would love to play with him because he makes the game easy for everyone,” Rogers said. “I know that I’m very motivated to prove myself and I want to be better than I was before. I don’t want to be the last cut for the World Cup team; I want to be on the World Cup.
“I want to prove to everyone in this room and everyone in this world that I’m a great footballer, a great soccer player. It doesn’t matter that I’m gay or where I’m from so that’s not important,” said Rogers. “I’m very motivated and really excited because I think that this is going to be a great challenge for me.”
And as for what he’d say to Galaxy fans still skeptical or even upset about the deal?
“They want to win. It’s great for them, those are the ones that [my sexual orientation] isn’t a big deal to them,” Rogers said. “I applaud them because it’s not a big deal for them that I’m a gay athlete. All I can say to them is that I hope to be better and I hope to be an exciting player to watch, so I’m excited for that challenge to win them over.”
Former LA Galaxy midfielder Mike Magee penned a letter to Galaxy fans following his trade to the Chicago Fire.
In his letter, Magee thanks Galaxy fans, staff and the club for his tenure with the club.
Read the letter here: A letter from Mike Magee
CARSON, Calif. -- It's official.
The LA Galaxy have acquired Robbie Rogers from the Chicago Fire in exchange for Mike Magee. Rogers will be eligible to participate upon the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and could be available for Sunday's match against Seattle Sounders FC.
Galaxy captain Robbie Keane offered his thoughts on the deal.
"I think that everybody is sad to see Mikey go because he’s a top player and a great person to have around. He’s good for the locker room, so he’s certainly going to be missed by everybody, but you have to respect somebody’s decision that for family reasons, he wants to go back home. We wish him well and hope that he can have as much success there as he had with the Galaxy. We got another player Robbie, who has trained with us the last couple of weeks and has great qualities so he’s going to be a great addition to the squad."
— Adam Serrano (@LAGalaxyInsider) May 25, 2013
The world's biggest club match will take place this afternoon at Wembley Stadium in London when Bayern Munich takes on Borussia Dortmund.
LA Galaxy Technical Director Jovan Kirovski was on the last Dortmund side that won the Champions League and offers his thoughts on the match here. Meanwhile, LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane offered his own prediction on the match below.
"It's going to be a good game, I like watching Borussia Dortmund. They're a good side with a lot of energy and very attacking minded," said Keane. "However, if there was probably money on it, I'd probably say Bayern Munich, but you shouldn't be putting money on it, you shouldn't be betting."
The newly acquired player, LA head coach Bruce Arena, and Galaxy President Chris Klein will all be present for the press conference.
This advisory comes amid reports from multiple outlets including Soccer By Ives and The Washington Post that the LA Galaxy have traded Mike Magee for Robbie Rogers, who according to the USA Today has signed a deal with the Galaxy.
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Robbie Rogers is a member of the LA Galaxy according to a report in the USA Today.
Sources tell the USA Today that Rogers has agreed to terms with the Galaxy, but they do not specify what LA dealt to the Chicago Fire in exchange for his rights.
The complete report can be found here: Rogers coming back as first openly gay player in MLS
LAGalaxy.com videographer Paolo Ferrari has provided this video preview of the LA Galaxy's match against Seattle Sounders FC.
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