The MLS chief signaled his support for the United States international on Twitter, saying he hopes will remain in the game, and U.S. Soccer offered encouragement as well.After remaining silent on Robbie Rogers decision to come out as gay and step away from professional soccer on Friday, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber advocated for the 25-year-old's decision on Twitter.
"I am proud to be part of a sport that has been so supportive of @robbierogers. I admire his courage and hope he stays involved in the game," Garber tweeted from his @thesoccerdon account.
U.S. Soccer also offered support for Rogers in a statement released to Goal.com. Rogers had 18 caps for the U.S. men's national team and two goals, including the first goal of the Jurgen Klinsmann era -- an equalizer in a 1-1 draw against Mexico in Philadelphia in August 2011.
“As a Federation we support all our athletes who have had the courage to address this deeply personal topic. We are proud of Robbie. He has been an outstanding representative of our National Team program for many years. We support him and wish him great success in the future,” U.S. Soccer wrote.
Rogers made worldwide soccer headlines when he made his announcement on his personal blog Friday afternoon. Many of his former teammates from the United States national team, the University of Maryland and the Columbus Crew showed their support for the left winger. Heath Pearce, Andy Iro, Chris Seitz, Sacha Kljestan, Eddie Pope were among the masses who voiced their praise for Rogers' courage.
Rogers is starting a new position with Men's Health magazine in the UK and he is also part of the ownership group for the clothing company Halsey.
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