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Gay soccer player Robbie Rogers joins LA Galaxy

Published: Saturday, May 25 2013 9:34 a.m. MDT

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2009 file photo, Robbie Rogers, of the United States, eyes the ball during a friendly soccer match against Slovakia in Bratislava, Slovakia. Rogers is joining the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer in another step by gay athletes. Rogers tells The Associated Press his fears about returning to soccer were eased by the support he received from family, fans and players, including Galaxy star Landon Donovan.  (Petr David Josek, File, Associated Press) FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2009 file photo, Robbie Rogers, of the United States, eyes the ball during a friendly soccer match against Slovakia in Bratislava, Slovakia. Rogers is joining the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer in another step by gay athletes. Rogers tells The Associated Press his fears about returning to soccer were eased by the support he received from family, fans and players, including Galaxy star Landon Donovan. (Petr David Josek, File, Associated Press)

LOS ANGELES — Robbie Rogers is joining the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer in another step by openly gay athletes in professional sports.

He tells The Associated Press his fears about returning to soccer were eased by the support he received from family, fans and players, including Galaxy star Landon Donovan.

Rogers is ready to accept his role as the soccer league's first openly gay player. He says: "I don't know what I was so afraid of."

The 26-year-old winger had retired in February on the same day the former U.S. national team player publicly came out in a blog post.

Rogers' MLS rights had been held by the Chicago Fire. To acquire him, the two-time defending champion Galaxy traded high-scoring midfielder Mike Magee to Chicago.

Last month, NBA veteran Jason Collins came out, and Rogers spoke with him on the day of the center's announcement.

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