Robbie Rogers has become a bonafide celebrity doing such things as guesting on Chelsea Lately and appearing on the cover of Out Magazine.
If only things were going as well on the field for the first openly gay player in the history of Major League Soccer.
Rogers, 26, is expected to miss at least a few weeks of action after injuring his hamstring for the second time this season.
‘It’s really frustrating,’ he tells MLSsoccer.com. ‘And, obviously, things happen for a reason, but sometimes you ask, "What’s the lesson in this?" I don’t know, just going to keep my head up, and hopefully the MRI isn’t too bad and I can continue training and do fitness and stuff like that."
Even before this latest injury – the second to his hamstring this season – Rogers was struggling a bit on the field and had been left off the 18-man roster for two consecutive games.
Associate Head Coach Dave Sarachan told the media that Rogers needs to improve.
‘There’s competition, and some guys have sort of moved up the ladder a little bit,’ Sarachan said. ‘Robbie is moving, maybe not quite to the speed we and he would feel comfortable with … Robbie, he knows that everything needs to improve a little bit – speed, speed of play, the ability to get at players, getting crosses in – and it’s a work in progress.’
‘We’re confident Robbie will get there.’