After retiring thinking that his being an openly gay athlete would detract from his sport, team, and teammates Robbie Rogers has unretired.
The LA Galaxy have traded for his rights from the Chicago Fire.
Rogers didn't play in 2012 and has 11 goals scored during a 5-year run with the Columbus Crew. Admittedly, we aren't 100% sure how the Fire ended up with his rights.
Rogers also has time spent with the U.S National team and is considered one of the best players in the U.S. As for the gay athlete part, he's hoping that won't be a "label". Rather, he just wants to be known as a good soccer player.
Said Galaxy coach Bruce Arena: "We've been searching for the last year or two for a player that has the skills to be a flank player, play wide and add a little speed to our club, take on players and a good crosser off the ball with both of his feet," Arena said. "He offers qualities that we've been looking for, so we're hopeful that in time, Robbie will demonstrate the kind of qualities that he has previously in this league."
Let's hope that's how Rogers is looked at rather than being a spectacle because he's gay.
The Galaxy Provide some video of Robbie Rogers/Soccer Player: