YEAR OF THE GAY ATHLETE

Retired Gay Soccer Star Robbie Rogers May Return To Gay-Friendly American Sports League

hi-res-120795546_crop_exact2013 is shaping up to be one of the gayest years in American sports yet—following NBA star Jason Collins‘ high-profile coming out this week, 25-year-old British soccer player Robbie Rogers has announced his potential return to the sport with David Beckham’s former team, LA Galaxy.

Rogers retired from the sport after coming out in a blog post on his personal website in February, claiming he no longer wanted to work in an industry that had “hid his secret.” Though his contract is still with Chicago Fire, he began training with LA Galaxy this week.

Rogers told The Guardian last month that if he did return to the game, it would likely be with LA Galaxy.

“There’s a good chance that I might come back,” Rogers said in an interview with CNN. “But I need a few months to chill out, hang out with my family, go surf in California, just relax.”

Chicago Fire coach Frank Klopas is supportive of Rogers’ return, but says there’s been no discussion of a possible trade. “It’s great that he’s back into it,” he said. “He’s a young man with a lot of years left and it’s something he loves doing. You can never get that back when its past. His home is in LA and he went to go back and play and I think that’s great news.”