Soccer player Robbie Rogers will announce he's coming out of retirement on Saturday. This may seem insignificant, except Roger isn't old, or past his prime, or unworthy of a contract. The 26-year-old former U.S. national team member retired in February after announcing that he's gay. It wasn't until late Friday night that USA Today reported Rogers' second coming out. This time, he's coming out of his self imposed retirement that started in February. Rogers wrote a blog post disclosing his sexuality to the world and, also, his retirement. On Saturday afternoon, the MLS's Los Angeles Galaxy will announce they've acquired Rogers in a trade with the Chicago Fire.
Rogers' decision to retire robbed major North American team sports of having its first out gay player when Rogers retired. He felt he needed to leave, both to deal with his sexuality on his own, and to avoid scrutiny from the press and fans, he says now. "I seriously felt like a coward," Rogers tells USA Today. But he's not only aiming for the pitch at the Home Depot Center where the Galaxy play -- he wants to return to the U.S. national team with the hope of playing in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. "I want to get back to the national team. I was so close to making the World Cup in 2010, I want to be there for the next one," he says.