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Robbie Rogers decides to continue his career in soccer as an openly gay athlete by joining the LA Galaxy.  The MLS season started in the beginning of March and is roughly 1/3 of the way through so he could start playing at any time in the near future making him the first openly male gay athlete to actually play a major team sport[though I guess MLS isn't really considered one of the big 4 in the US, soccer is still the largest team sport in the world].  Usually in cases like where a player joins a team mid-season from not playing competitively his first couple of appearances will be off the bench, but anything is possible.  It appears the Galaxy had to give up a significant player for his rights so they surely intend him to play a significant role for the team.

Personally, I think this is in a way more impressive than Jason Collins.  When he came out he honestly believed that he couldn't continue playing openly gay despite being in the prime of his career.  Likely the environment in England is a lot less tolerant of gays in sports which caused him to choose to retire.  There are frequent stories of racism abounding in European soccer.  I never hear stories of racism in US sports.  The closest is Sergio Garcia's recent incident, but then he is European playing on both the European and PGA tours.  So it wouldn't surprise me at all that European soccer community isn't completely accepting of gays.

But the outpouring of support in the wake of his announcement in February apparently convinced him he could continue playing, in the US at least.  And that I find very heartening.

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  •  want me to link the diary I wrote this morning? (1+ / 0-)
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    shaso

    This is a good new take on this, but I don't think you saw the earlier diary. You might want to check the tags before you publish, and you've been on the site long enough to check for subject.

    -7.75, -8.10; . . . Columbine, Tucson, Aurora, Sandy Hook, Boston (h/t Charles Pierce)

    by Dave in Northridge on Sat May 25, 2013 at 04:51:41 PM PDT

    •  thanks (1+ / 0-)
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      Dave in Northridge

      I hadn't seen it.  Thanks for pointing it out.  I swear I did look at the recent diaries more than once[yours was still on the front page list]; really not sure how I missed it.  As for tags, except for you need at least one to publish, I still have no idea how they work.  It's a shame this isn't getting more attention.  I understand the MLS is a second tier league[I am actually more of a fan of the Premiership], but it's still better than the NBA or NHL.

      You wanna know the real sad part?  You are one of five people I'm following.  Yeah, I don't understand how that feature works either. :)

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