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Robbie Rogers, first openly gay male to play professional sports in U.S., announces retirement

Robbie Rogers, first openly gay male to play professional sports in U.S., announces retirement

Robbie Rogers was in his first preseason training camp with the Galaxy when Landon Donovan organized a team-building night out. On the dry-erase board in the team’s locker room, Donovan spelled out the particulars in blue: players only; no wives, no girlfriends and, he added, no boyfriends.

If Rogers, the first openly gay male to play in a major professional team sport in the U.S., had any doubts he had been accepted, Donovan had dispelled them.

Rogers, 30, announced his retirement from professional soccer Tuesday after an 11-year professional career in England, the Netherlands and the U.S. He spent the last five seasons with the Galaxy, with whom he won an MLS Cup as well...

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