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Robbie Rogers Becomes First Openly Gay MLS Player

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CARSON, Calif., - Robbie Rogers became the first openly gay male athlete to play in a U.S. professional league making his Major League Soccer debut with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday night.

Rogers entered as a substitute in the 77th minute with the Galaxy leading the Seattle Sounders 4-0, which turned out to be the final score.

He received loud cheers from the crowd of 24,811 as he ran onto the pitch, with fans chanting his last name.  Rogers ran by teammate Landon Donovan, who slapped his hand and patted him on the back as he took his position.

Rogers touched the ball a couple times in the closing minutes of the Galaxy's victory that ended Seattle's three-game winning streak.