Foxborough, MA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Galaxy will go in search of
a second consecutive victory in league play on Sunday when the two-time
defending champions face the New England Revolution on Sunday at Gillette
Last Sunday, Los Angeles rolled to a comfortable 4-0 thrashing of Western
Conference rivals Seattle Sounders at the Home Depot Center behind a hat trick
from Irish international Robbie Keane.
But it was another Robbie who stole headlines on Sunday night as U.S.
international Robbie Rogers entered the match in the 77th minute, making him
the first openly gay male athlete to participate in a team sport in this
Rogers was acquired by the Galaxy from the Chicago Fire in exchange for
midfielder Mike Magee and Rogers admitted prior to the match that he battled
"I guess part of me was just afraid - not afraid, but a little nervous, I
guess," Rogers said. "I understand that, I guess, historically this is a big
thing, but for me, it's just another soccer game. So I've kind of been
battling with both of those things: 'OK, a soccer game: I've done this a
million times.' But then, obviously, I'm not naive, I know people are
Rogers came out back in February and immediately announced his retirement from
the game, but then began training with the Galaxy and realized he wanted to
return to MLS.
Keane found the back of the net in the 24th, 34th and 44th -- the last two on
penalty kicks -- as the Galaxy dominated the first 45 minutes in their most
lopsided victory over the Sounders since a 4-0 rout three years ago in
Los Angeles followed up their rout of Seattle with a 2-0 loss to the Carolina
RailHawks in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup.
New England, meanwhile, will hope to extend their season-high unbeaten streak
to four consecutive matches.
Last time out, the Revs had no trouble with a struggling Toronto FC side as
Diego Fagundez and Juan Agudelo scored to secure three points.
New England then dispatched the Rochester Rhinos, 5-1, in U.S. Open Cup play,
but head coach Jay Heaps is urging he team to keep its eyes forward and not
dwell on some recent success.
"It's good to get [the Open Cup underway], but now we have to move on," Heaps
said. "One thing we've been doing is focusing on the task at hand. First was
[the Open Cup game in Rochester], and now we're on to the next one and that's
why we had a session here [on Wednesday], to get us focused on playing LA."
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