Major League Soccer gets first out gay player

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Robbie Rogers, who retired from soccer when he announced in February that he’s gay, will now be the first openly gay player to participate in Major League Soccer, according to multiple news sources.

The LA Galaxy will announce the acquisition of Rogers today at noon Pacific Daylight Time at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. That’s only minutes away from Rogers grew up in Rolling Hills Estates. Rogers, 26, played five seasons for the Columbus Crew and has also played for Leeds United and Stevenage in England.

According to reports, Galaxy acquired Rogers in a trade for midfielder/forward Mike Magee to the Chicago Fire. The Fire held Rogers’ rights even after he announced his retirement.

Magee was one of the most popular Galaxy players. This season, he led the Galaxy with six goals, including three in the season-opener against Chicago.

Rogers reportedly has been training with the Galaxy this month at the invitation of coach Bruce Arena.