The Galaxy has scheduled a Saturday news conference to announce it has acquired the rights to former U.S. national team player Robbie Rogers from the Chicago Fire in exchange for midfielder Mike Magee.
Rogers, a 26-year-old winger from Rancho Palos Verdes, briefly walked away from soccer last winter after being released by second-division English club Leeds United.
In February, shortly after his retirement, he published a personal and powerful Internet blog in which he revealed he was gay.
Rogers' return to the field for the Galaxy will make him the first openly gay player in Major League Soccer history.
The Galaxy had to pay a heavy price to get him, though, parting with the versatile Magee, a Chicago native and favorite of Coach Bruce Arena.
Magee, 28, who can play in the midfield or at forward, has scored 16 goals for the Galaxy in the last three seasons, including a team-high six this year.