LA Galaxy's Robbie Rogers officially added to roster, cleared to play vs. Seattle Sounders
Robbie Rogers has been officially added to the LA Galaxy roster and is cleared to play in the team's home game against the Seattle Sounders on Sunday night (11 pm ET, ESPN2, live chat on MLSsoccer.com), the club announced.
Rogers officially signed with the Galaxy on Saturday, marking his return to the game after he had announced his retirement and revealed that he is gay earlier this year. But he and the team were waiting for the English FA to issue an International Transfer Certificate for the former Leeds United winger, which finally went through Sunday.
The 26-year-old winger, who spent the last two seasons playing in England, had his rights held by the Chicago Fire when he made the decision to return to soccer, and the Galaxy signed him after completing a deal with the Chicago Fire that sent Rogers' rights to his native Southern California in exchange for Mike Magee.
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena stated in Saturday's introductory press conference for Rogers that the player would be part of the 18 if eligible, meaning Rogers could get a chance to see the field as early as Sunday night. If not, he could feature in the Galaxy's US Open Cup trip to face the Carolina RailHawks on Wednesday.