Robbie Rogers is single and says he
would prefer meeting a suitor in an organic way.
In February, Rogers, 26, came out gay
and announced his retirement from professional soccer in an online
post. He came out of retirement in May, making him the U.S.'s first
active openly gay male professional athlete. Rogers received a loud
ovation from the stands as he took the field in his Los Angeles
In an interview with gay
Rogers said that he enjoys sharing his story with others.
“I want to help people, especially
kids who felt the same way I did; it makes me sick to remember the
way I felt and to think that … they don't have a choice of who they
are and they feel the same way I used to feel. Now I have this
platform that hopefully I can use to reach people in a positive way,”
He added that he does not enjoy being
set up on dates.
“It bothers me when someone tries to
hook me up with a friend – 'You're gay, my friend's gay, you're
gonna love each other.' It's like, OK, probably not. It has to
happen in an organic way, where someone introduces himself and is
genuine and doesn't want to talk about soccer straight out the gate.
When I started dating this guy in London, I just went up to him. I'm
sure I'll meet someone in a random place – the grocery store or