Last night Robbie Rogers has made history by becoming the first openly gay male athlete to play in a U.S. professional league. Rogers was making his Major League Soccer debut with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
The 26 year-old entered as a substitute in the 77th minute with the Galaxy leading the Seattle Sounders 4-0, which was the final score.
Rogers was praised by the crowd as he ran onto the pitch, with fans chanting his last name. He ran by teammate Landon Donovan, who slapped his hand and patted him on the back as he took his position.
Rogers was able to touch the ball a couple times in the closing minutes of the Galaxy’s win, which ended the Sounders’ three-game winning streak. Ever since 2012 the California native hadn’t played professionally. Rogers spent the last two seasons in England.
With his team having a comfortable lead, head coach Bruce Arena was able to give Rogers an opportunity.
Rogers’ comeback takes place less than a month after 12-year NBA veteran Jason Collins announced he is gay, becoming the first active male athlete to come out. However, as YouWager experts point out, Collins has not competed since the announcement. The Washington Wizards center is a free agent.