CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Rogers made American professional team sports history on Sunday as he became the first openly gay man to participate in a professional game.
Rogers came in during the 77th minute of LA's match with Seattle Sounders FC for Juninho.
Below is a video of Rogers entering the match.
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CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Rogers is on the LA Galaxy's 18-man roster for their clash with Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday.
Rogers received his International Transfer Certificate on Sunday morning.
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CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders FC will face off in a match that may be first in American team sports history as Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay professional athlete looks to take the field.
*Robbie Rogers was acquired on Saturday in exchange for Mike Magee. Rogers talked about his deal in a press conference on Saturday while Galaxy players discussed the deal that sent Magee to Chicago.
*Juninho and Marcelo Sarvas expect to participate after missing several days of training earlier this week.
*My preview of Sunday's match that focuses on the Galaxy's potential rivalry with Chicago.
*Lastly, my Three Points to the match.
MATCH UPS TO WATCH
Eddie Johnson vs. Omar Gonzalez
Johnson notched two goals last week in the Sounders impressive victory over FC Dallas, but he'll face a stronger challenge in Gonzalez, who is eager to rebound after a late break down cost the Galaxy a point in their defeat to New York last week.
Robbie Keane vs. Djimi Traoré
The pair battled several times during Keane's time at Tottenham while Traoré was with Liverpool and will face off again on Sunday. Expect Keane to look to get off to a fast start as he'll be off for Ireland duty after the match.
Galaxy/Sounders each look to score first
Sunday's match is a simple case of who scores first wins. The Galaxy and Seattle are a combined 9-0-4 when scoring first, but when they concede, they are 0-7-0.
Cudicini; Franklin, Gonzalez, DeLaGarza, Dunivant; Donovan, Sarvas, Juninho, Stephens; Zardes, Keane
Courtesy of LAGalaxy.com, the complete Robbie Rogers introductory press conference
Expect to see Robbie Rogers in the LA Galaxy's 18-man roster for Sunday's match with Seattle Sounders FC.
The LA Galaxy confirmed via the club's website that on Sunday morning that Rogers' ITC arrived in time for him to participate against the Sounders.
CARSON, Calif. – Robbie Rogers is well aware that because of his sexual orientation that there is going to be scrutiny and possibly a few hateful comments, but he’s ready.
During his unveiling as a member of the LA Galaxy after a trade that sent Mike Magee to the Chicago Fire in exchange for Rogers, the 26-year-old talked at length about his move to LA and his place as the first openly gay professional athlete. Although Rogers has received an outpouring of support from the sporting world, he knows that there will be bumpy moments that he intends to meet in stride.
“Our society is changing. Obviously there are a lot of people who are still behind and are not willing to accept the fact that there are gay women and men out there that don’t have a choice. I was created this way,” said Rogers. “I just those people voice their opinion, this is the United States, and they can say whatever they want. In the end, I’ll still love them; I’ll still give them a hug if they want one. But I think it is inevitable that everyone will accept that this is just part of life.”
Rogers was also asked about New York City FC owner and United Arab Emirates deputy prime minister Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan, who has drawn criticism for his nation’s stance on homosexuality. The 26-year-old admitted that he’d love an opportunity to sit down with the owner of NYCFC to have an open discussion and show him just how normal that he truly is.
“If I could invite him to sit down and have some coffee with me sometime then I’d love to speak with him and hear his ideas and his beliefs and share mine as well as well because it’s a discussion,” Rogers said. “What message would I send to him, I wouldn’t send him a message, I would just open a conversation with him…I don’t know what he thinks that gay men are supposed to be like, I’m sure there are stereotypes that we live up to or that we are so I guess I would just offer an invitation to sit with him and to have a discussion with him. I think that’s the important to show him that I’m a lot like the other athletes that he owns.”
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.”