Robbie Rogers walked onto a platform in the Home Depot Center on Saturday afternoon and held up his new LA Galaxy jersey for all to see.
The cameras clicked and shuttered as Rogers - now more famous than he could have ever imagined during a career that already includes 18 U.S. international appearances and spells playing in three countries - flashed a wide smile and sealed his high-profile return to the game.
Rogers, 26, joins the Galaxy as more than a player. He understands the responsibility he placed upon his shoulders by his decision to reveal his sexuality in February. He knows that people will see him as a pioneer and a symbol for the gay community whether he struggles to make an impact or turns in a series of compelling performances. His mere presence will draw attention.
A few short months ago, Rogers said he planned to shun the spotlight and step away from the game entirely. He thought he made his choice to leave his professional career behind after he finally shared his...