Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 11/15/14

COLUMBUS, OH - MAY 8: Robbie Rogers #18 of the Columbus Crew controls the ball against the New England Revolution on May 8, 2010 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Out of the blue, a message appeared on one-time US national team , Columbus Crew and Leeds United winger Robbie Rogers's website titled " The Next Chapter... " He posted a link to it on his Twitter account accompanied by the message: "Just getting some [expletive] off my chest." In 400 poignant words, the 25-year-old Rogers, who was highly-touted as a prospect but disappointed in recent years, announced that he was gay and that he would "step away" from the game, leaving unclear whether he was taking a sabbatical or retiring permanently. "Things are never what they seem... My whole life I have felt different, different from my peers, even different from my family," wrote Rogers. "For the past 25 year[s] I have been afraid, afraid to show whom [sic] I really was because of fear. Fear that judgment and rejection would hold me back from my dreams and aspirations." "Life is only complete when your loved ones know you," Rogers continued. "When they know your true feelings, when they k...
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