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Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, left, and team president Chris Klein, right, introduce the signing of midfielder Robbie Rogers at a news conference in Carson, California on Saturday. Rodgers, who declared his homosexuality last year, is the first openly gay player on a major men’s professional team in North America.

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Openly gay soccer star Rogers becomes first professional athlete to sign after coming out

After announcing he was gay last year — and promptly retiring over fear of the backlash — pro soccer player Robbie Rogers returns and signs with the MLS’ L.A. Galaxy.


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