LA Galaxy winger Robbie Rogers says he knew he was gay in his early teens.

The 26-year-old Rogers debuted last year with the LA Galaxy after coming out gay and announcing his retirement from soccer.

In a CNN profile, Rogers said that he was always sensitive to gay slurs.

“I would say, for sure, I knew I was [gay] when I was about 13, 14,” Rogers said. “But I realize, thinking back to my past, that I was always very sensitive to the word homo, fag, gay, anything like that. You know, it really turned me the wrong way and I always knew it was an offensive word. I just didn't like that word. So, I must have known when I was younger than that. I must have known when I was really young. But I would say eighth grade, ninth grade was when I really realized like, 'OK, this is going to be tough.'”

(Related: Thomas Hitzlsperger, German soccer star, comes out gay.)