Robbie Rogers: First Game as Openly Gay Footballer Felt ‘Normal’

Robbie Rogers, the Los Angeles Galaxy and Major League Soccer made history on Sunday night.

Rogers, who had announced his retirement from football in an eloquently-written blog post in February, was making his competitive return to the sport for Galaxy against the Seattle Sounders.

Even though he played just 13 minutes in a 4-0 win that included a Robbie Keane hat trick, it was him that the cameras, reporters and eyes of the world were focused on before, during and after his brief appearance on the pitch.

His, after all, had been no ordinary comeback.

“For the past 25 years I have been afraid, afraid to show who I really was because of fear,” he blogged from London just over three months ago. “Secrets can cause so much internal damage. People love to preach about honesty, how honesty is so plain and simple. Try explaining to your loved ones after 25 years you are gay.”

With those words, Rogers...

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