Robbie Rogers makes history, debuts with Galaxy!
What an exciting, wonderful, joyous thing.
Robbie Rogers took the field last night as a member of the LA Galaxy as the team defeated the Seattle Sounders at the Home Depot stadium.
The 26-year-old winger made history as he took the field as a substitute in the 77th minute: He became the first openly gay athlete to play in a US professional team sports league when he entered the game.
Robbie, wearing a #14 jersey, grinned widely as he joined his teammates who were ahead 4-0.
The Galaxy crowd cheered and Rogers sported a wide grin as he trotted onto the field and some in the crowd of 24,000 stood and applauded.
He played a total of 13 minutes.
Robbie was just officially signed to the team on Friday and the news was announced Saturday. He was asked after the game if his head was spinning from all that had transpired over the past 48 hours.
“Yeah, it’s been spinning for the past two months,” he said.
It was actually more than three months ago that Rogers came out publicly then announced he was retiring from the game.
He eventually reconsidered.
“It was really perfect,” Rogers said. “We won, which is most important. My family was here, my friends. My grandparents. I’ve kind of been on this huge journey trying to figure out my life. And now I’m back here. I think kind of where I’m supposed to be.”