Robbie Rogers is set to come out of retirement and become the first openly gay MLS player now that his trade to the Los Angeles Galaxy has gone through.
Rogers’ epiphany to return to the game came when he spoke to a group of about 500 kids at the Nike Be True LGBT Youth Forum in Portland last month.
"I seriously felt like a coward," he tells USA TODAY Sports in an exclusive interview about his return. "These kids are standing up for themselves and changing the world, and I’m 25, I have a platform and a voice to be a role model. How much of a coward was I to not step up to the plate?"
And so, newly turned 26, he will step onto the pitch again.