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Robbie Rogers Set To Become First Openly Gay Player In Major League Soccer

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Yes, Robbie Rogers did retire from pro soccer after coming out last February as a gay man.

But he's ready to resume his career and he will be doing so with the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer, USA Today reports.

The Galaxy, the team for which David Beckham played for five years, has not officially announced the deal but USA Today confirmed details with two people familiar with the negotiations who insisted on anonymity.

The Galaxy's leading scorer, Mike Magee, will reportedly head to the Chicago Fire as part of a trade deal.

Rogers spoke with Gay Star News earlier this week at the 2013 Voice Awards in Los Angeles, confirmed that he had been practicing with the Galaxy and that he hoped a deal for him to join the team was imminent.

'It's just kind of being worked out,' he said on Sunday (19 May) which was his 26th birthday. 'Chicago owns my rights and until they trade me to LA, I guess I'm owned by Chicago. It feels amazing to be back in California and obviously back on the soccer field.'

As recently as a month ago, Rogers was not planning to return to the sport. But he realized 'I just missed it.'

He had been staying in Huntington Beach, California, with his family and emailed Galaxy coach Bruce Arena an email to ask if I could come train.

Rogers also talked it over with Landon Donovan, his longtime friend and future Galaxy teammate who has been publicly supportive of Rogers and the idea of a gay player in the the MLS.

'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,' he tells USA Today. '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.'

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