Biography of Robbie Rogers
Truth be told, a lot of people (including me) didn't know Robbie Rogers before February 2013 when he made ripples in both social media and the soccer circles, after he braved the cameras, faced the world and shared a piece of his personal life cake. Amidst the glares of the cameras, the incessant clicks of photojournalists as they busied themselves in capturing his otherwise unrattled but handsome face, Robbie cleared his throat, breathed deeply and made one of his most important press conferences to date. And, yes, you guessed it right, he wasn't announcing another club transfer deal but was sharing his life's biggest secret with the cold, cruel world. And so it happened, he came out publicly as gay for the first time.
But who is Robbie Rogers? And why did the world come to a
standstill moments after he made sexual orientation public?
The blooming of a brilliant career.
In college (University of Maryland) Robbie's star kept shining
in UMD's soccer pitch and history has it that he scored seven
times and assisted other five goals during his short-lived
season as a freshman. In that same season, Robbie Rodgers
together with his future teammate Jason Garey led Maryland's
Terrapins soccer team to the 2005 NCAA Championship. He would
then later cement his win by scooping the Soccer Rookie Team of
the Year in the lead up of the season.
His return to the US
After he had jetted back in the country, Robbie was immediately
signed by Columbus Crew, a month before the start of the 2007
MLS season. And he didn't disappoint either, as he netted the
club's opening goal against New England's Revolution on June 17,
2007. However, it was the 2008 MLS season that became Robbie's
breakthrough in his professional life, when he was awarded MLS
Player of the Week award after scoring twice against the New
York's Red Bulls in September 2008.
Reconciling his demons
It was during his brief stay at Leeds that Robbie Rogers came
face-to-face with the reality of homophobia and the
insensitivity the world meted towards gay men. Unlike, in the
United States, where the same-sex relations are a bit tolerated,
the environment was quiet different in conservative England. It
was then that he decided it was time someone did something, and
he later resigned from active soccer before coming out publicly
as gay in 2013.