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Is professional soccer ready for a gay player?

L.A. Times 2013/02/15 21:00:00
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Robbie Rogers, a former winger with the U.S. national team who played prep soccer at Mater Dei High, said Friday he was stepping away from the sport after revealing that he is gay.

In the final analysis, Rogers said, he had to choose between being himself and being a soccer player. He choose to be himself. "I always thought I could hide this secret," Rogers, 25, wrote in a powerful post on his blog.

"Football was my escape, my purpose, my identity. Football hid my secret, gave me more joy than I could ever have imagined .... Now is my time to step away. It's time to discover myself away from football."

Rogers played for two U.S. age-group national teams and was called up to the senior team in 2008 during qualifying for the World Cup. He appeared in 18 games for the U.S., scoring twice.

senior team 2008 qualifying world cup appeared 18 games scoring

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  • Sin 2013/02/28 21:27:33
    Yes
    Sin
    I don't see why it matters, if he's gay or not... What gender he is attracted to has no affect on how he plays.

    This is just one of those controversial polls posted solely for the purpose of wanting attention.
  • PabloTorres 2013/02/27 23:24:51
    Yes
    PabloTorres
    it doesn't matter if your gay or not
    soccer has no race, sex , age .
  • OneLastWord 2013/02/27 16:50:11
    Yes
    OneLastWord
    I thought most of these guys running around in short paints were guy.

    OMG...ROTFLMAO.
  • Dave 007 2013/02/24 12:33:19
    Yes
    Dave 007
    +1
    Is pro soccer ready for a gay player???? There probably have been many already.
  • Timmy! 2013/02/24 03:55:16
    Yes
    Timmy!
    Does it matter any more? Im pretty sure the world has moved on from it being a controversy every time someone has come out. Gay guys are guys and sometimes they play soccer. People should get over it.
  • i don't care 2013/02/23 19:04:24
    Yes
    i don't care
    +1
    They already have many gay players. Just look how they hug each other after a good play.
  • mangafan123 2013/02/22 22:35:40
    Yes
    mangafan123
    It'll be easy to keep his eye on the ball, if you know what i mean *wink**wink*

    \(-.-\)
  • TooSweet 2013/02/22 03:06:10
    Yes
    TooSweet
    +1
    It was my understanding that all soccer players were gay.
  • Cynthia Wolf 2013/02/21 22:09:59
    Yes
    Cynthia Wolf
    Unbelievable!! It's soccer. If he plays well, that's all that should matter. If he isn't asking you for a date, it's none of your business if he's gay or straight!!
  • Tina 2013/02/21 02:40:37
    Yes
    Tina
    +1
    This question is worded so stupidly, that it makes me want to punch a wall. Who cares? If a player is gay they're gay, no need to be "ready" for one. If they're good, they're good.
  • fightingquip 2013/02/20 20:46:42
  • weenyboy 2013/02/20 17:45:15
    Yes
    weenyboy
    I'm sure that they have their "fair share" already just as the NFL does!
  • Black Ice 2013/02/20 17:21:25
  • Donna 2013/02/20 11:30:14
    Yes
    Donna
    +3
    This is the 21st century. Time to stop prejudice against everyone!
  • lilshorty 2013/02/20 09:58:33
    Yes
    lilshorty
    +1
    Why not, there are so many gay players now, even in the music industry!
  • dave.jameson.33 2013/02/20 08:29:32
    Yes
    dave.jameson.33
    "Coming Out" has become so passé - pass the cheese, please...
  • Ameera 2013/02/20 07:29:44
    Yes
    Ameera
    +2
    they probably already have gay players... nothing new here
  • Ramón 2013/02/20 05:26:52
    No
    Ramón
    +1
    Would they use pink balls and taffeta laced uniforms? And would Fullbacks become barebacks?
  • Oliver Presley 2013/02/20 04:06:17
    Yes
    Oliver Presley
    +1
    Pro soccer is naive if it thinks there aren't already gay players. If there's gay players in football and basketball, FOR SURE there are gay players in soccer.
  • macy 2013/02/20 02:47:17
    Yes
    macy
    +4
    Why should we even have to be asking this question?
  • Team_BellaYouIdiot 2013/02/20 01:50:52
    No
    Team_BellaYouIdiot
    I don't think anything is really ready for out gay people yet. From what I've seen in the world as a whole, at least.. In professional soccer it might be different..
  • dave.ja... Team_Be... 2013/02/20 08:32:01 (edited)
    dave.jameson.33
    I agree, so many gays still are unable or unwilling to respect the feelings of normal people. Maybe someday, when they finally accept themselves.
  • ricorso dave.ja... 2013/02/20 11:51:48
    ricorso
    +1
    We accept ourselves. You are the people who don't accept us.... you "NORMAL" people.
  • Sin dave.ja... 2013/02/28 21:29:43
    Sin
    That has to be the stupidest thing I've ever read. All they ask for is the same equality you have. You're not normal by any means. You're a discriminatory biggot.
  • Sin Team_Be... 2013/02/28 21:30:59
    Sin
    Thank the Bible for tha, in all of it's sickening, fictional glory. The world doesn't need to be ready. People just need to stop discrimination.
  • taylor lambert 2013/02/19 23:16:40
    Yes
    taylor lambert
    +4
    Someone's sexuality doesn't affect the game. Of course pro soccer is ready for it:)
  • lex 2013/02/19 22:42:50
    Yes
    lex
    They've been ready.
  • Ardwin_Viesheight 2013/02/19 21:53:17
    Yes
    Ardwin_Viesheight
    +8
    Since when did sexuality determine whether or not one could be an athlete?
  • beyondtheparadoxical 2013/02/19 20:52:50
    Yes
    beyondtheparadoxical
    +8
    What does playing soccer have to do with him being gay? Why did he have to quit? This question makes no sense.
  • Hakking 2013/02/19 20:26:02
  • 30SecondsToWorld 2013/02/19 19:30:35
    Yes
    30SecondsToWorld
    There's plenty of gay FOOTBALL players everywhere ele in the world yet again people being pathetic
  • jayteah 2013/02/19 19:20:39
    No
    jayteah
    First of all they are not gay they are queer ,
  • Hakking jayteah 2013/02/19 20:28:45
  • DAVE-0 2013/02/19 19:03:46
    Yes
    DAVE-0
    +1
    What the hell does sex have to do with soccer.
  • jayteah DAVE-0 2013/02/19 19:19:04
    jayteah
    Then they should quit bragging about putting a penis in their mouth.
  • Aran Sm... jayteah 2013/02/19 21:35:07 (edited)
  • Aran Sm... Aran Sm... 2013/02/20 22:06:11
  • jayteah Aran Sm... 2013/04/25 08:24:34
    jayteah
    truthhurts
  • thomas.ilgenfritz 2013/02/19 18:52:54
    Yes
    thomas.ilgenfritz
    +1
    There are many gay athletes but they do not come out for fear of the press..
  • LiniusR 2013/02/19 18:08:54
    No
    LiniusR
    +3
    A brave guy in a seriuosly right wing anti everything country
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