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Soccer player Robbie Rogers makes Los Angeles Galaxy debut as openly gay athlete (with video)

BY BETH HARRIS, AP SPORTS WRITER

CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Rogers is back where he feels he belongs and is most comfortable. On a soccer field playing the game he's loved since he was a boy. Now that he has revealed the long kept secret that he is gay, he's ready to move on and put the focus on resuming his career.

Rogers made history on Sunday night when he became the first openly gay male athlete to play in a U.S. professional league, making his Major League Soccer debut with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

"I guess this is a historic thing, but for me it was just a soccer game," he said.

The team made it easy on the 26-year-old midfielder by building a 4-0 lead over the Seattle Sounders by the time he entered as a substitute in the 77th minute.

"No pressure at all coming in," Rogers said. "I got to totally enjoy myself and take it all in."

He received loud cheers from the crowd of 24,811 as he ran onto the pitch, with fans chanting his last name. Rogers' family, including his grandparents, and friends were in the stands.

He ran by teammate Landon Donovan, who slapped his hand and patted him on the back as he took his position.

"Because of the nature of the way sports has been for so many years - the macho culture that's been embraced by everybody - it's of interest to everybody," Donovan said. "Now, hopefully, the hype about it is over and he can get back to being a soccer player, which is what he wants to do."

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