Rogers eligible to make debut for LA Galaxy

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CARSON, CALIF. (AP) - Robbie Rogers was listed as a substitute for the Los Angeles Galaxy’s game on Sunday night after Major League Soccer said it had received his international transfer certificate.

The former U.S. national team winger will become the first active openly gay male athlete to compete in a North American professional team sport when he makes his debut for the Galaxy.

Rogers was the focus of six photographers after he and the other subs sat on the bench before the game began.

Marc Burch, a Seattle Sounders substitute, slapped hands with Rogers as he headed toward the visiting bench. Seattle coach Sigi Schmid, who once coached the Galaxy, sought out Rogers for a supportive pre-game hug.

Rogers signed with the team Saturday after being acquired from the Chicago Fire. The Galaxy traded Mike Magee to his hometown Fire in exchange for the rights to Rogers, who will wear No. 14.

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