Robbie Rogers received a warm welcome
from fans as he made his Los Angeles Galaxy debut on Sunday.
A loud ovation was heard from the
stands as Rogers entered the game as a substitute player for the
Galaxy, making him the U.S.'s first active openly gay male
The former U.S. Men's National Soccer
Team member who last played for the UK's Leeds United team came out
gay and announced his retirement from professional soccer in an
online post in February.
But last week, Rogers, 26, announced
that he would come out of retirement.
As recently as March, Rogers said he
was happy with his decision to call it quits.
“I felt like I couldn't play and come
out,” Rogers said in a CNN interview. “I thought it would be too
emotional for me, it would be a circus. I just thought it would be
very difficult, the impact on the team with the media showing up
every day. … I'm glad I did it this way. I am happy.”
But he told USA
Today that he had an epiphany last month after he spoke to a
group of kids at the Nike Be True LGBT Youth Forum in Portland.
“I seriously felt like a coward,”
Rogers said. “These kids are standing up for themselves and
changing the world, and I'm 25, I have a platform and a voice to be a
role model. How much of a coward was I to not step up the plate?”
“It's awesome to be a part of a
movement that is changing our society,” Rogers added.