Robbie Rogers’ Potential Return Could Give MLS Chance to Prove Progress

Robbie Rogers says he could come back to Major League Soccer this year. If he does, his return will give the league, its players and even its fans a chance to put into practice all the enlightened talk that surrounded his big announcement from just a few months ago.

And if that happens, then the real work can begin.

Rogers, a former Columbus Crew and U.S. national team midfielder who turns 26 next week, in February revealed on his website that he is gay. His announcement predated that of Jason Collins, and it coincided with Rogers' retirement from professional soccer after an injury-plagued spell with Leeds United in England.

It also produced a stream of positive reactions from the American soccer community, led by MLS commissioner Don Garber.

I am proud to be part of a sport that has been so supportive of @robbierogers. I admire his courage and hope he stays involved in the game.

— Don Garber (@thesoccerdon) February 16, 2...

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