Robbie Rogers penned a powerful blog post Friday, in which he announced he is stepping away from soccer at age 25 and revealed that he is gay.
Rogers, as you may remember, played for coach Sigi Schmid and alongside Brad Evans with the Columbus Crew.
He was named to the MLS Best XI in 2008, the year the Crew won the MLS Cup, and featured for a period of time with the U.S. men’s national team. Here is a snippet from the blog post:
I always thought I could hide this secret. Football was my escape, my purpose, my identity. Football hid my secret, gave me more joy than I could have ever imagined… I will always be thankful for my career. I will remember Beijing, The MLS Cup, and most of all my teammates. I will never forget the friends I have made a long the way and the friends that supported me once they knew my secret.
Let’s get to some links:
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— Might Danish trialist Philip Lund be signing with the Sounders?
— Here’s a Twitter picture from Mikael Silvestre landing in Manchester, England, following his brief trial with Seattle.
— Worried about a meteor strike here? Don’t be says Zach Scott.
— ProSoccerTalk caught up with Eddie Johnson down in Tucson.
— Here’s a deeper look at Reign FC’s upcoming preseason trip to Japan.
— Around MLS, Houston signed a homegrown player, here’s the official release on James Riley being traded to D.C. United, San Jose’s Steven Beitashour recently underwent surgery, and Chivas USA signed a pair of defenders.
— Did you see these artsy posters for teams around the league?
— Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan probably made Chicago fans happy by saying he’d like to come back and play for the Fire again at some point.
— You have to see the goals scored in a thrilling Europa League game between Tottenham and Lyon from Thursday. Phenomenal. All three.
— There’s a petition out calling for President Barack Obama to get Landon Donovan back. Really.
— Lastly, Chicago’s preseason training camp has alligators in the work place…