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Robbie Rogers signs contract with Galaxy

Robbie Rogers has agreed to a multiyear contract extension with the LA Galaxy.

The Galaxy didn’t announce the terms of their deal with Rogers, the first openly gay player in MLS.

Rogers has excelled since moving to full-time defense this season, starting 15 games and contributing two assists as a left back.

Galaxy coach Bruce Arena says the 27-year-old Rogers “has proven to be a dynamic player in our league and an integral part of our success.”

Rogers joined the Galaxy in May 2013, ending the former Columbus Crew star’s brief retirement after coming out as gay.

After a frustrating start with his new team, Rogers has become a valuable contributor to the Galaxy’s run at a fifth MLS title.

The Galaxy host Seattle next weekend in the Western Conference finals.

In the game… WiG’s annual Pride pop quiz

No doubt you know the words to “Go! You Packers! Go” and the name of that guy who wears No. 12 — maybe you know his career passing yards.

And probably you know which Major League Baseball team is No. 1 in the National League’s Central Division and how many games are left until the All-Stars head for Minneapolis.

But how do you score on WiG’s LGBTQuiz?

1. True or False: Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL, recently signed a $2.65 million contract with the Chicago Bears.

2. Which basketball player came out in a cover story in Sports Illustrated?

3. She’s won 39 Grand Slam titles and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Her name is …

4. He is the only male and the second diver in Olympic history to sweep the diving events in consecutive Olympic Games.

5. This gay baseball player, who died of AIDS in 1995, is credited with inventing the high five when he played for the Dodgers.

6. Her Twitter bio says, “Used to play tennis, now just talk about it on tennis channel. like to talk politics, though some would rather I stick to tennis :). No chance!!!”

7. She had to go to court to play and, after transitioning, she competed in the U.S. Open.

8. He played. He retired. He came out. Then he returned to the soccer field.

P.S. Yes, we’re aware this would be more difficult without the photographs…

Answers: 1. False, he signed with the St. Louis Rams. 2. Jason Collins, who played with the Nets in 2014. 3. Tennis legend Billie Jean King. 4. Greg Louganis. 5. Glenn Burke. 6. Martina Navratilova, considered by many in the sport to be the greatest 

female tennis player. 7. Tennis player Renee Richards. Paired with Betty and Stuart, Richards lost in doubles at the open to Navratilova and Betty Stove. 8. Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay man to join Major League Soccer. 

 

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Major League Soccer gets first out gay player

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.

Soccer’s Burch says he deserved suspension for anti-gay slur

Seattle Sounders defender Marc Burch said this week that the suspension he received for using a homophobic slur during a playoff game last season needed to be harsh and was deserved.

“I think it will always be on the back of my mind. You make a mistake and you want to fix it as much as you can. That’s what I’ve tried to do. It’s the only thing I can do,” Burch said, his first time speaking with reporters since being suspended last November. “I can’t make up for what I did. All I can do is just prove from here on out that nothing like that is ever going to happen again. That’s not who I am. That’s not what I do. That’s not part of my game. That’s not part of this team’s game. I made a mistake and since then I think I’m doing the right things. That’s the only thing I can do from here on out.”

Burch received a three-game suspension last November for using “unacceptable and offensive language” in a playoff game against Real Salt Lake. Burch was forced to sit out both games of last season’s Western Conference Finals against Los Angeles and will miss Saturday’s season opener against Montreal.

Burch says he can’t make up for what he said – which was caught by television cameras – and is focused on proving that is not who he is. It’s been made even more difficult for Burch by his surroundings. His older sister is openly gay and one of his friends from college at Maryland is former Columbus Crew and U.S. national team player Robbie Rogers, who recently wrote in a blog post that he is gay and is stepping away from soccer.

After Rogers’ announcement, Burch tweeted, “So much love and respect for my fellow Terp and friend (at)robbierogers hope to see you on the pitch again soon!”

Burch said he believes MLS will be the first league to accept an openly gay player.

“I think we’ll be the first league to definitely accept it. I think it will come and go a lot easier than people think,” Burch said. “I would hope that Robbie comes back, but if his passion is in what he’s doing now, I completely support him. It’s going to happen, and I think this is a perfect league for it.”

Burch was ordered to attend diversity and sensitivity training as part of his suspension. He also has reached out the local gay and lesbian community in Seattle. On one day last December he arranged to play in Sunday scrimmage with a local gay soccer club.

“Obviously they knew of the incident, but it wasn’t something that needed to be spoken about,” Burch said. “They understood I wasn’t coming out there to make myself look good. I just wanted to let them know that it wasn’t something that (reflects) who I am. When I went up there, I think everyone just appreciated the fact that I was there to enjoy the game and enjoy the game with them.”

Professional soccer player Robbie Rogers comes out as gay

Professional soccer play Robbie Rogers came out as gay in a post on his personal website under the heading “The Next Chapter.” He also revealed that he’s walking away from the sport.

A native of Los Angeles, Rogers, 25, played as a midfielder for the Columbus Crew for five seasons before moving to the English club Leeds United. He currently resides in London and is co-owner of Halsey, which produces menswear.

Rogers played 18 games for the U.S. men’s national team, including at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Rogers is only the second professional North American soccer player to come out. He was preceded by David Testo, who today told FOX Soccer that the coming out of a national team player is a major milestone.

“I couldn’t be happier or prouder to hear it,” Testo said. “This is a big moment for soccer and for the movement we so desperately need. He’s part of the ladder that we have to climb to ultimately eliminate homophobia in the sport. It’s a big advancement for our movement.”

FOX also reported that the American soccer community inundated Rogers’ Twitter account with praise and congratulations.

But FOX pointed out that Anton Hysen of Sweden is the only active out player among the 500,000 soccer professionals worldwide.

In Rogers’ post, he wrote about the pain and fear that accompanied his years of secrecy.

He wrote:

“Life is only complete when your loved ones know you.  When they know your true feelings, when they know who and how you love. Life is simple when your secret is gone.  Gone is the pain that lurks in the stomach at work, the pain from avoiding questions, and at last the pain from hiding such a deep secret.

“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. Try convincing yourself that your creator has the most wonderful purpose for you even though you were taught differently.”