Robbie Rogers comes Out and he’s leaving soccer

Photo of soccer player, Robbie Rogers. Wilson Wong photo.

Robbie Rogers, a 25-year old, talented American soccer player, is leaving soccer after announcing that he’s gay.

Robbie wrote a stirring blog post that was equal parts sad and uplifting. Robbie Rogers has appeared for the U.S. Men’s National Team.

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. Try convincing yourself that your creator has the most wonderful purpose for you even though you were taught differently.

I always thought I could hide this secret. Football was my escape, my purpose, my identity. Football hid my secret, gave me more joy than I could have ever imagined… I will always be thankful for my career. I will remember Beijing, The MLS Cup, and most of all my teammates. I will never forget the friends I have made a long the way and the friends that supported me once they knew my secret.

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Photo by Longbomb (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons