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May 26, 2013 11:00 PM EDT
Stubhub Center — Carson, California
Referee:‬ B. Toledo‎
Attendance:‬ 24811‎
 
 
24′ Robbie Keane
 
34′ (PG) Robbie Keane
 
44′ (PG) Robbie Keane
 

LA Galaxy 4-0 Seattle Sounders FC: Robbie Rogers becomes first openly gay male athlete in American professional team sports

Robbie Keane scored the goals and Robbie Rogers put the game in the history books for LA's beatdown of the visiting Sounders.

By Zac Lee Rigg

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Robbie Rogers became the first openly gay man to be an active player on an American sports team when he came on as a substitute for the LA Galaxy in a 4-0 win over the Seattle Sounders.

The Galaxy acquired the rights to Rogers, who had been training with the team for a month, from the Chicago Fire earlier in the week via a trade for Mike Magee.

In February, Rogers stepped away from professional soccer after announcing his sexuality in a blog post. He had not played since Dec. 8, 2012 before seeing out the final quarter hour on Sunday night.

LA scored early an often. After a dozen minutes, Robbie Keane played a one-two with Marcelo Sarvas to edge his way to the endline. He cut the ball across goal, leaving Sean Franklin a simple tap in for Franklin's first regular season goal since Sept. 5, 2011.

Another dozen minutes later Keane scored his first. Landon Donovan bent a cross into the box after a corner, and the ball bounced off Omar Gonzalez's shoulder and Brad Evans before falling invitingly for Keane. The Irish striker dispatched coolly.

A pair of penalties gave Keane his first MLS hat trick. For the first, Djimi Traore scythed down Gyasi Zardes. Michael Gspurning saved Keane's first attempt, but the referee whistled for goalkeeper encroachment and Keane calmly hit the second attempt the other direction.

A few minutes before half Zardes skipped down the inside channel and cut the ball back for Juninho. Evans slid in from behind to prevent a shot, picking up a yellow and conceding a penalty for his troubles. Keane had no issues scoring this time, completing the second fastest hat trick in Galaxy history.

Robbie Rogers entered for Juninho in the 77th minute.

Shalrie Joseph was ejected with three minutes remaining in regulation time.

In the last match as the Home Depot Center (the name changes June 19), a crowd of 24,811 watched history.

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Los Angeles Galaxy

23
Carlo Cudicini
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
Omar Gonzalez
Defender
69′
 - 
5
Sean Franklin
Defender
12′
 - 
20
A.J. DeLaGarza
Defender
 - 
8
 - 
19
Juninho
Midfielder
77′
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-
Michael Stephens
Midfielder
 - 
16
Greg Cochrane
Defender
 - 
7
Robbie Keane
Striker
24′ 34′ 44′ 73′
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10
 - 
11
Gyasi Zardes
Striker
40′ 83′
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Seattle Sounders FC

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81
 - 
17
 - 
12
 - 
18
 - 
34
 - 
3
Brad Evans
Midfielder
43′
 - 
7
 - 
7
Mauro Rosales
Midfielder
65′
 - 
21
Shalrie Joseph
Midfielder
87′
 - 
17
 - 
9

Substitutes

12
Brian Rowe
Goalkeeper
 - 
22
Leonardo
Defender
 - 
12
Hector Jimenez
Midfielder
83′
 - 
25
Rafa García
Midfielder
 - 
14
Robbie Rogers
Midfielder
77′
 - 
27
 - 
33
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Substitutes

 - 
24
 - 
4
Marc Burch
Defender
 - 
20
Zach Scott
Defender
 - 
12
Alex Caskey
Midfielder
 - 
7
 - 
27
Lamar Neagle
Midfielder
65′
 - 
16

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
5 2
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Kenny Miller Kenny Miller
Striker
Rangers
3 2