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Robbie Rogers Officially Joins the LA Galaxy

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Ahead of their upcoming clash tonight against the Seattle Sounders, the LA Galaxy announced on Saturday that Robbie Rogers has officially joined the club.  The trade saw Galaxy striker Mike Magee go home to his native Chicago to play for the Fire, who owned Rogers’ rights.  Rogers, who announced his retirement earlier this year after coming out as gay, decided to come back to the game after realizing just how much he missed it.

Despite his rights being owned by Chicago after his brief stint with Leeds United came to an end, Rogers decided to train with the Galaxy in his home state of California, making it very clear that if he was going to make a professional return, the Galaxy was where he was going to play.  Just a few weeks later, Rogers is now an official member of the LA Galaxy.

With the Galaxy playing a big match tonight against the Sounders, Bruce Arena was hoping that Rogers’ International Transfer Certificate would arrive in time for him to be added to the official roster, and that it did.  Rogers has officially been added, and is eligible to play in tonight’s match.  Whether Arena will start the 26 year old winger or start him on the bench remains to be seen.

One thing will happen tonight no matter what though.  Robbie Rogers will be the first openly gay player to take the pitch in Major League Soccer, a huge step for both the league, and sports in general.  LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders is the TSD Match of the Week, and The Soccer Desk will have full coverage starting at 10:30 p.m. ET tonight.  You can follow our live Twitter feed at @soccerdesk.