In case you missed it last weekend, 25-year-old former U.S. national soccer star Robbie Rogers announced in a post on his personal blog that he was retiring from the sport and came out as gay. (Welcome out, Robbie!)
As if that weren’t newsworthy enough, the reaction from the soccer world has been almost unbelievably affirming. U.S. Soccer sent out three tweets wishing Rogers luck and praising him for his courage, Major League Soccer players expressed their support for Rogers on Twitter and in video statements, and Frank Klopas, head coach of the MLS team Chicago Fire, told the team’s website that Rogers is still more than welcome to play should he reconsider his decision to retire:
Yesterday I thought he was a very good player and I still think that today. Should Robbie want to return to the game, we would still be open to him being part of the Fire.
In American athletics, it really is getting better.
Watch MLS players react to Robbie Rogers’ coming out:
The Seattle Sounders soccer team even made a video and a public service announcement expressing support for Rogers: