Courage: Robbie Rogers Comes Out

Former USMNT and Columbus Crew man Rogers now embarks upon a path of self discovery (photo:

Former USMNT and Columbus Crew man Rogers now embarks upon a path of self discovery (photo:

In a thoughtful, courageous tweet today Robbie Rogers linked to a blog post that reveals he’s gay and says he has decided to step away from soccer.

This is certainly big news in the U.S. Soccer World, and perhaps bigger news for the Chicago Fire. A few weeks back, Chicago obtained Rogers’s MLS rights in a deal that sent Dominic Oduro to Columbus Crew in exchange for Dilly Duka. A rumored Oduro/Duka swap floated about for weeks in January and seemed to come to a halt around MLS Superdraft time. However, a couple weeks later the deal got done and it appeared that the addition of Rogers’s MLS rights was the added value Chicago was looking for.

But now, after Rogers’s revelation, it seems his MLS rights are all but worthless.

After leaving English Championship side Leeds United by mutual agreement earlier this year, Rogers settled in London and recently began an internship at Men’s Health magazine. He’s also partnered in a men’s clothing line business. And if you read what follows, it does not appear that Rogers plans to return to professional soccer anytime soon, if at all.

Here’s the complete text of Rogers’s blog post:

“The Next Chapter…

Things are never what they seem… My whole life I have felt different, different from my peers, even different from my family. In today’s society being different makes you brave. To overcome your fears you must be strong and have faith in your purpose.

For the past 25 year I have been afraid, afraid to show whom I really was because of fear. Fear that judgment and rejection would hold me back from my dreams and aspirations. Fear that my loved ones would be farthest from me if they knew my secret. Fear that my secret would get in the way of my dreams.

Dreams of going to a World Cup, dreams of The Olympics, dreams of making my family proud. What would life be without these dreams? Could I live a life without them?

Life is only complete when your loved ones know you. When they know your true feelings, when they know who and how you love. Life is simple when your secret is gone. Gone is the pain that lurks in the stomach at work, the pain from avoiding questions, and at last the pain from hiding such a deep secret.

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.

Now is my time to step away. It’s time to discover myself away from football. It’s 1 A.M. in London as I write this and I could not be happier with my decision. Life is so full of amazing things. I realized I could only truly enjoy my life once I was honest. Honesty is a bitch but makes life so simple and clear. My secret is gone, I am a free man, I can move on and live my life as my creator intended.”

We at OTF commend and respect Robbie Rogers for his decision and thank him for publicly sharing his most intimate thoughts. We also wish him the best of luck.

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