Robbie Rogers Played Soccer Sunday Night — And Made History

A little past 9:45 p.m. in California on Sunday night, Robbie Rogers — wearing number 14 — took to the field for the Los Angeles Galaxy. It was the first time an out gay man had played in a prominent major league team sport in the U.S.

Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Robbie Rogers moves to the ball against the Seattle Sounders during the second half of their MLS soccer match on May 26, 2013. Danny Moloshok / Reuters

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At 9:47 p.m., Rogers got ready:

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Then, at 9:48 p.m., Rogers took to the field:

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The team noted the history Rogers made Sunday night:

The league tweeted its support:

The team even gave Rogers’ stats after the game:

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And the fans — of both teams and of Rogers — joined in the moment:

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Finally, Rogers talked about the night in a news conference after the game:

“I keep saying the word normal, normal, but it was.” Rogers said. “I’m excited to move on from here.”

Later, he added, “I’ve kinda been on this huge journey to kinda figure out my life, and now I’m back here, I think, kinda where I’m supposed to be.”

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