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Pretty shocking for a guy who is only 25 at this time. His career pretty much hit a standstill after heading to England, but he definitely had the ability to keep playing in MLS. He had 18 caps with the US National Team. Also played for the Columbus Crew and made a few appearances for Leeds United.
I get why he retired, it would take the right situation and top form for him to even find a team that would sign him after coming out. Unfortunate, but it's still a distraction.
I wonder what he does next. The link is from his blog.
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So wait, the lead guitarist for The Band also plays gay soccer?
Good for him, that takes a lot of courage.
Dude has a lot of skill though and I'm surprised he didn't opt for another stint in the MLS. As a long time Columbus MLS fan I always enjoyed having him on the Crew squad when he was there. My guess is he makes a comeback in a year or two
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Dude's career went way south after he moved on from Columbus. Could never get things swinging in England.
Best of luck to him. As an avid USMNT fan though, I will not be bummed he will no longer be on the field for them.
It's all over twitter right now. Best of luck to him.
Gay soccer player... Isn't that assumed?
Good for him
For the love of Trevor...™
I hope he will restart his career in the fall. He has the potential to be on the US squad in 2014. The other people who could actually play a decent LW with anything resembling pace are E. Johnson, F. Johnson, Donovan, Shea, and Davis. And of that, only Shea and Davis are natural LW's. Davis has minimal national team experience, and is 31.
Ideally, Eddie, and Shea can have some steady development (or at least not regress).
At least Stu Holden returns to first-team football this weekend!
We're not in Hanoi!
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Wow. That blog post is something. I wish he would have dropped the mic at the end though.
EDIT: Dang I really don't want to go for the easy jokes, but there is a super obvious punch line to what I just wrote.
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I find it ironic that soccer wouldn't accept a gay player.
you are nuts if you think he could get on the 2014 team. He isn't good enough for that level. He can't even play in his current situation. Nice player, but let's not over state his ability.
This country was built by people who worked hard then went home and had just a few too many every night. Then went back to work.
they already have Cristiano Rinaldo
Have you ever Googled 'Cristiano Ronaldo girlfriend'?
Just a prop?
Rogers is one of those young players who struggled to find some consistency even though he had the raw talent to be more than what he showed. That he's been dealing with some personal issues adds some clarity to that lack of focus and I can only wish him well on a personal level. That can't be easy. Good luck to him.
As far as soccer, I saw Rogers play a great deal for the Crew and for the US. Guy has speed and an attacking mentality. He's tactical understanding was limited and he often tried to do too much. He left Columbus at the end of the 2011 season, and like a lot of young American players, he wanted to try the game at a different level. Playing time was inconsistent, the wheels seemed to be coming off a bit, and now we know why.
Columbus just traded his MLS rights to Chicago and my guess is he'll wind up there by the summer. He's been capped by Klinsmann for the US, scored in the 1-1 friendly against Mexico in Philadelphia in August '11, but given the depth in the midfield, he needs to be playing club ball and showing well to get another look with the national team. Klinsmann was paying attention to his play and playing time with Leeds and Stevenage, and there was little reason to call him based on that.
Who knows, maybe getting this personal issue out of the way will allow him to focus on his game. He's not retiring as much as "stepping away," but I think he'll get more support than he's anticipating and will likely resurface with Chicago this summer.......
"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." --Gandhi
Definitely a courageous step. I hope he returns to the sport as an MLS player and has a few more good seasons.
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That goal against Mexico in the "friendly" was a gift. An absolute gift during an effin horrid match.
Anyways, regardless of what sport someone plays, this is certainly a courageous act which everyone should respect.
RCMB road trip for the WC Qualifier that will be played in Columbus in September!??
Good for him.
Elton John married a model...
They only use gay balls.
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Shea did the work, to be sure. Rogers made his run and finished the opportunity. He's only 25 and still has a career in soccer in front of him. Hopefully he can put this issue of orientation in proper perspective and get back to enjoying the game as that has been missing for a while.....
I'll be in Columbus in September for the Mexico qualifier. The more the merrier, even Arfabe......
U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Robbie Rogers scores to tie the game against Mexico in Philadelphia
I said he could. I didn't say he will. This is a team that was using Donovan and Dempsey as their wings in the last World Cup. No one has made a case to lockdown a spot on the outside. If Shea doesn't play at Stoke, it's completely wide open.
Donovan and Dempsey as LM and RM works reasonably well as they're both talented and experienced enough to understand the positional and defensive responsibilities. Klinsmann seems fond of playing people out of position, so an Eddie Johnson at LM only serves to negate his natural tendencies and expose the LB defensively. It doesn't work. The future for the US midfield, on display in 2013, was supposed to be Shea and Holden. Shea needs to regain his form and Holden needs to get back from injury. The path for a Rogers to get back into the mix is based solely in the fact that he's a true outside midfielder and we've little depth there. Heck, there's a lot of talk that DaMarcus Beasley will get back into the mix.
The Hex is already under way in WC qualifying and we've settled nothing in terms of such choices. That's a problem. Without a stunning turnaround in his form and commitment to the game, if the answer is Robbie Rogers, I'm not sure we'll make it to Brazil.....
It is completely a depth issue. Having seen Dempsey play for Spurs a lot this season, putting him out wide would stifle the attack more than help it (hence why we see Eddie Johnson out wide, and Dempsey as an AM). Clint has lost half a step, so it really only makes sense for him to play in the middle of the pitch for USMNT. For Spurs, AVB has been swapping Bale and Dempsey between the LW and AM positions quite frequently in games (they've been in a 4-2-3-1 as of late). That's more because Bale is so dangerous, and Dempsey is still serviceable out wide with Bale's pace inside of him, and an overlapping FB to allow Dempsey to cut in somewhat. Definsively, Dempsey would do fine out-wide in qualifying.
I think Donovan can still slot into either wide spot.
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