Robbie Rogers has signed a contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer, meaning he will soon become the first openly gay athlete to participate in an American team sport.
The former U.S. national team wing blogged in February that he was both homosexual and taking a break from the sport, writing at the time:
"Secrets can cause so much internal damage. People love to preach about honesty, how honesty is so plain and simple. Try explaining to your loved ones after 25 years you are gay."
Since that time, Jason Collins has come out as gay and Rogers has received support from his friends and family members, along with players in the MLS.