LA Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers has confirmed retirement from football after sustaining an ankle injury in May.
Rogers who earned 18 caps for the US national team has not played since picking up nerve damage in his ankle which required for a surgery last season.
Back in 2013, the 30-year-old former Leeds player has first quit prior his announcement of being gay. However, he returned on the pitch to play in the United Stated.
In an interview he said, “It is with mixed emotions that I announce my retirement from the game of soccer,” Rogers disclosed on Tuesday.
“It is through this game that I have experienced some of my greatest achievements both professionally and personally.
“I leave the game full of pride of what I have accomplished as a person and a player. I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life.”
The US-born defender became the first gay male professional footballer to come out the closet and play in a major North American sports league.
During his playing career, Rogers won two MLS Cups in2008 and 2014 and two MLS Supporters Shield trophies in 2008 and 2009.
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