Former Columbus Crew winger Robbie Rogers (right) came out as gay and announced his retirement in a blog posted to his website Friday. (FRED THORNHILL/Reuters)
Former Columbus Crew midfielder Robbie Rogers was “just getting some s--- off his chest,” according to his official Twitter account, which included a link to a self-written blog post outlining what was troubling him.
“Secrets can cause so much internal damage,” Rogers, 25, wrote. “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.”
Rogers follows David Testo, who played for the Crew, Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact during his career, as the only current or former MLS player to announce he is gay.
After playing with Columbus for five seasons, Rogers moved on a free transfer to English club Leeds United where he only played a handful of times due to various injuries.
The outside midfielder left Leeds by mutual consent this past winter and was rumoured to be MLS bound. Although the Chicago Fire acquired his rights in a trade with Columbus this offseason, it appears Rogers will sit out for the forseable future.
“Now is my time to step away,” he wrote, never mentioning the word retire but also not issuing a timeline for his return.
“It’s time to discover myself away from football,” he continued. “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.”
Rogers has featured for the full U.S. national team 18 times during his short career, scoring a pair of international goals along the way. He also competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, playing in all three preliminary round games for the U.S. under-23 team.
“Honesty is a bitch but makes life so simple and clear,” Rogers finished his piece. “My secret is gone, I am a free man, I can move on and live my life as my creator intended.”