Robbie Rogers' return to pro soccer? Ex-teammate Guillermo Barros Schelotto wants to see it

With former MLS player Robbie Rogers scheduled for upcoming interviews with ABC News' Nightline (see clip above) and CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 to discuss his decision to retire from professional soccer upon revealing he was gay, one of his most high-profile former teammates is rooting for his return.

Columbus Crew legend Guillermo Barros Schelotto, who played with Rogers from 2007-10, wasn't expecting the 25-year-old to leave the sport.

"I was surprised that he left the game because I know that he enjoyed playing soccer," Barros Schelotto told "Whatever his life and his way of living, it has nothing to do with leaving the game."

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Schelotto developed a strong friendship with Rogers and twice welcomed the former US national team player to Buenos Aires on vacation.

The Argentine great, who currently coaches Lanús in his native country, is rooting for Rogers to one day return to the pro ranks.

"I think it's a personal decision and I respect it," Schelotto continued. "His private life is his business. But as far as those of us who are MLS fans, unfortunately the league loses a great soccer player.

"Hopefully Robbie changes his mind and comes back to play. There's still time."