- Associated Press - Monday, May 27, 2013

CARSON, CALIF. (AP) - Robbie Rogers didn’t play as a substitute in the first half of the Los Angeles Galaxy’s game Sunday night.

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.

The Galaxy led the Seattle Sounders 4-0 at halftime.

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


Marc Burch, a 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 signed a multiyear deal.