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The adorable soccer player Robbie Rogers on Nightline

He was cute in the pictures when he came out, but they didn't do him justice.

by Anonymousreply 4305/25/2013

I will not be ignored!

by Anonymousreply 104/30/2013


by Anonymousreply 205/01/2013

Hey, Robbie!

by Anonymousreply 305/01/2013

He's sooooo dreamy

by Anonymousreply 405/01/2013

Unbelievably cute!

by Anonymousreply 505/01/2013

I can't believe this guy doesn't get more attention around here.

btw, he appears to be making moves to return to soccer. He is currently working out with the LA Galaxy to get himself back in shape.

by Anonymousreply 605/01/2013

[quote]I can't believe this guy doesn't get more attention around here.

This place never gives attractive, wealthy, young white men their due.

by Anonymousreply 705/01/2013

You're right, R7. Instead they are torn down (exhibit A: Colty threads).

by Anonymousreply 805/01/2013

Colton is torn down, (deservingly so) because of his re-closeting, R8.

This Robbie Rogers should be celebrated.

by Anonymousreply 905/01/2013

Creepy looking, like Wm Mapotheter.

by Anonymousreply 1005/01/2013

People should learn to appreciate soccer more. Soccer players are the hottest!

by Anonymousreply 1105/01/2013

R9, it's clear R7 was implying 'attractive, wealthy, young white men' are underrepresented and wronged here on the DL by those not willing to bask in their white greatness, which is just not true.

OT: Shame about this guy quitting the sport after coming out. Does anyone know if he was any good?

by Anonymousreply 1205/01/2013

I think R7 was being sarcastic, R8.

by Anonymousreply 1305/01/2013

He looks a little like Mad Men's Elizabeth Moss.

by Anonymousreply 1405/01/2013

I think you're right, R9. I see it now.

by Anonymousreply 1505/01/2013

So the term gay is good enough for an athlete like Robbie Rogers. The term is good enough for another pro-athlete like Jason Collins.

Why do so many ignorant queens on DataLounge have a problem with the term "gay?"

by Anonymousreply 1605/01/2013

That's okay, R8/R15, I oft do the same. If only Colton was half as brave as this Robbie Rogers.

Rogers is an inspiration to us all.

[quote]OT: Shame about this guy quitting the sport after coming out. Does anyone know if he was any good?

He's not great. His career has been plagued by injury.

by Anonymousreply 1705/01/2013

[quote] He looks a little like Mad Men's Elizabeth Moss.

LOL! I agree. 2 funny.

by Anonymousreply 1805/01/2013

Just realised he made a mistake to quit after coming out. He should have just announced a move back home since English football is too homophobic to have an out gay player. Now seen as trying to ride the Jason Collins wave.

by Anonymousreply 1905/01/2013

Thanks, R9. Well, he's young still. He can get back in the game, I suppose. I just hope he doesn't do reality TV. Ever. What a waste that would be.

by Anonymousreply 2005/01/2013

Yes, I wish him the best of luck.

by Anonymousreply 2105/01/2013

Or in the closet,R20.

by Anonymousreply 2205/01/2013

what about connor lade of ny red bulls? you guys think he's gay? link below to a pic from his twitter.

by Anonymousreply 2305/01/2013

[all posts by ham-fisted troll a removed.]

by Anonymousreply 2405/01/2013

Loved the piece, made me cry!

by Anonymousreply 2505/01/2013

It's looking more and more likely that he will come back and play. Good for him.

by Anonymousreply 2605/05/2013

[quote]Now seen as trying to ride the Jason Collins wave.

Rogers came out before Collins.

by Anonymousreply 2705/06/2013

Collins retired while coming out. Not brave.

by Anonymousreply 2805/06/2013

He's brave and way hotter than Collins!

by Anonymousreply 2905/06/2013

if Robbie returns to soccer he will be the first ever openly gay male active athlete in the US to play in major league sports..and I don't think Jason Collins count because he might not be back in the NBA

by Anonymousreply 3005/06/2013

"While MSM focuses on aging NBA bencher who was likely out of work before coming out,MLS team fighting to sign Robbie Rogers"- Phil Schoen tweet

by Anonymousreply 3105/06/2013

Americans don't think of soccer as a real sport, or a "manly" sport. It is the subject of jokes for not being a very manly sport.

by Anonymousreply 3205/06/2013

[quote] It is the subject of jokes for not being a very manly sport.

What's the based on? What's a sample joke?

by Anonymousreply 3305/06/2013

"Americans don't think of soccer as a real sport, or a "manly" sport. It is the subject of jokes for not being a very manly sport."

And that joke is made by obese, beer swillling tubs o' lard who couldn't run 2 minutes without having a coronary and whose idea if athleticism is going from the living room sofa to the toilet and back in the space of a commercial.

by Anonymousreply 3405/06/2013

We're lucky we have one of the cutest soccer guys playing for our team ;)

by Anonymousreply 3505/10/2013

r34, sometimes, but sometimes it's a buff football jock saying that.

by Anonymousreply 3605/10/2013


by Anonymousreply 3705/10/2013

R37, yum!

by Anonymousreply 3805/11/2013

Coming out and coming back — each was a difficult decision for Robbie Rogers, and one complicated the other.

He told the world in February that he is gay and at the same moment said he was leaving soccer. Now, Rogers is reversing field and has agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Galaxy, according to two people familiar with the negotiations. Both spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the Galaxy has not announced the deal.

Rogers will be the first active openly gay player in Major League Soccer.

He also hopes to play for the U.S. national team in the 2014 World Cup — and to be the role model for gay teens that he wished he'd had.

Rogers' epiphany to return to the game came when he spoke to a group of about 500 kids at the Nike Be True LGBT Youth Forum in Portland last month.

"I seriously felt like a coward," he tells USA TODAY Sports in an exclusive interview about his return. "These kids are standing up for themselves and changing the world, and I'm 25, I have a platform and a voice to be a role model. How much of a coward was I to not step up to the plate?"

And so, newly turned 26, he will step onto the pitch again. He couldn't imagine such a thing when he told his secret in February, writing an open letter on his website and linking to it with this pithy tweet: "Just getting some sh*t off my chest."

That was Feb. 15. About six weeks later he told The Guardian why he'd chosen not to play soccer anymore:

"I wouldn't want to deal with the circus. Are people coming to see you because you're gay? Would I want to do interviews every day, where people are asking: 'So you're taking showers with guys — how's that?'

"If you're playing well it will be reported as: 'The gay footballer is playing well.' And if you have a bad game it'll be: 'Aw, that gay dude … he's struggling because he's gay.' (Expletive) it. I don't want to mess with that."

Then, on April 25, Rogers appeared at the LGBT youth forum. Days later, NBA player Jason Collins came out. That made a much bigger splash in American media than had Rogers' announcement. For one thing, Collins was an active player — or, at least as a free agent, he hoped to play again. For another, as an NBA player he was from one of the four major North American team sports.

Rogers was out of his sport — and his sport was soccer. Still, he's had a more consequential career than Collins in several respects. The winger has played for the U.S. national team in 18 international matches. He won the 2005 NCAA championship with the University of Maryland. He led the Columbus Crew to the MLS Cup in 2008, when he was named to the MLS Best XI (for the league's top 11 players).

He'd just been released by the English soccer team Leeds United when he announced his sexual orientation and his retirement in a 408-word post on, writing in part:

"Life is simple when your secret is gone. Gone is the pain that lurks in the stomach at work, the pain from avoiding questions. … Secrets can cause so much internal damage. … Try convincing yourself that your creator has the most wonderful purpose for you even though you were taught differently.

"I always thought I could hide this secret. Football was my escape, my purpose, my identity. … Now is my time to step away. It's time to discover myself away from football. … Honesty is a bitch but makes life so simple and clear. My secret is gone, I am a free man. I can move on and live my life as my creator intended."

His invocation of creator is an integral part of who he is.

"I'm a soccer player, I'm Christian, and I'm gay," Rogers says. "Those are things that people might say wouldn't go well together. But my family raised me to be an individual and to stand up for what I believe in.

"So the same principles that raised me to be an honest person are the same things that made me want to come out. I know I was created this way for a reason. … Being Catholic — and people may disagree — but we are called to love everyone. Be honest. Be true in your relationship with God. I've always lived that way.REACHING OUT TO DONOVAN

Soccer was the furthest thing from Rogers' mind a month ago.

"I had no intention of coming back," he says. "Of course I missed it, but there's so many things I've gone through the past eight months that were more important to me."

He saw a video of himself playing soccer while in New York "and I just missed it," he says. "That's when I sent Bruce Arena, the coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy, an email and wanted to see if I could come train."

He talked it over with Landon Donovan, his longtime friend and future Galaxy teammate.

"I sat down with Landon and just wanted to get an idea of what he thought of me coming back and what the atmosphere might be like," Rogers says. "Regardless of the perception, we both agreed that we are at our happiest when we are helping people. I believe I'm happy now because I know that I'm helping people."

February wasn't the first time Rogers had come out. In late October, he told his family and felt overwhelmed by their reaction.

"They were really supportive," he says. "I got to show them that it's still me, and it was great to be able to share that with them. I'm really lucky, because not everyone has that type of support."

With the backing of his mother, father and four siblings — he's the middle child — Rogers began rebuilding his life. To do that, Rogers says he needed to step away from soccer indefinitely. Ultimately, though, he decided that the sport that had defined him, and the identity he'd kept hidden, could coexist.

"Thousands of people — gay and straight — emailed me after the letter and told me how much it helped them," Rogers says. "Honestly, I was (writing) it in a selfish way. I just wanted to get it off my chest and be honest with everyone but then, in the end, it helped others as well. I'm happy God used me that way. …

"My life is in order now. It's simple to love people and I never would believe that God would create us to be the same. We are designed unique."


Rogers has been training with the Galaxy for several weeks.

"I was a little scared to put myself back in that situation but after the first few days I was like, 'Wow, I miss this, I love this,' " Rogers says. "Once I got on the field, I felt really normal. More normal than I ever did in the past."

Rogers says he's been feeling more and more at home, though he admits he still needs to get back to game shape.

"I want to compete and be successful," Rogers says. "I just want to be able to compete. Every day in training, make my team better and prove myself."

Rogers could provide punch for the 4-3-2 Galaxy, who have struggled to generate much offense outside of Mike Magee. They are in fifth place in the Western Conference.

"I want to win," Rogers says. "I don't want to go back just to be back. … Whether it's ping-pong or I'm on the field, I always want to win."

Rogers has his sights set beyond the MLS season, on the national team and a spot on the 2014 World Cup roster.

"I want to get past the point where I was before," he says. "I want to get back to the national team. I was so close to making the World Cup in 2010, I want to be there for the next one."

Rogers got a call from Collins, that other newly out pro athlete, "the afternoon after he released his story, and just wanted to see how the process had been like for me with media and the attention," Rogers says. "I just tried to give him as much advice as I could. He seems like such a nice guy."

Rogers turned 26 on Sunday. He remembers how utterly confusing life was for him as an American teen a dozen years ago.

"I started feeling very different," he told The Guardian, "and it was a case of, 'All right, I'm good at football and I get attention from girls. Why don't I want that? What's wrong with me?' I realized I was gay when I was 14 or 15. I was like, 'I want to play football. But there are no gay footballers. What am I going to do?' "

Now that he's coming back after coming out, there is a gay footballer.

"I want to come back and be that voice, be that role model," Rogers says. "I want to compete on the field. I want to make it back to the national team. I want to be a role model. I have a lot of motivating factors working for me right now."

"There's a lot to be excited about. It's awesome to be part of a movement that is changing our society."

by Anonymousreply 3905/24/2013

Jason Collins stole his thunder. He shouldn't have quit when he came out.

by Anonymousreply 4005/25/2013

He looks pasty and white at r37. Gross. Also looks like he's one of those white queens who sneer.

by Anonymousreply 4105/25/2013

Funny how it's perfectly acceptable to make fun of pale skin.

by Anonymousreply 4205/25/2013

he seems cool

by Anonymousreply 4305/25/2013
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