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Gay soccer star Robbie Rogers retires from LA Galaxy


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

CARSON, Calif. (AP) Robbie Rogers, the LA Galaxy defender who became the first openly gay male athlete in a major North American professional sport, is retiring from soccer.

The 30-year-old Rogers announced his retirement Tuesday through the Galaxy.

Rogers is a 10-year MLS veteran and two-time All-Star who won league championships in 2008 and 2014. He missed the entire 2017 season with injuries. He was ruled out for the year in May because of nerve damage in his left ankle, requiring surgery.

Rogers came out while announcing his retirement in 2013 after being released by the English club Leeds. That retirement lasted less than three months before he signed with the Galaxy.

Rogers was one of the top left backs in MLS before injuries derailed his career.