MLS ready to welcome back ex-USA star Robbie Rogers


By FOXSoccer.com

Robbie Rogers is a man in high demand.

Rogers, who earned 18 caps for the United States men’s national team, announced his retirement from soccer after officially coming out gay in February. Earlier in the week, Rogers trained with the Los Angeles Galaxy prompting many to speculate a possible comeback to Major League Soccer this season.

During an event at Columbus Crew stadium on Thursday, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber expressed his desire to see Rogers back in MLS.

“We’d love to see Robbie back in the league — regardless of announcement he made in February,” said Garber. “He has to figure out his future, and I hope that future is going to be in Major League Soccer.”

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On Saturday, Eric Abidal got his first taste of action after a long 13 months away from the game following his liver transplant almost a year to the date. That combined with Tito Vilanova’s return to the Camp Nou sidelines for the first time since January made for an emotional night in Barcelona.

To cap it all off, Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas had a rare offensive explosion in Barcelona’s 5-0 victory over Mallorca.

Whether you’re a Barca fan or not, you can’t help but root for Abidal and applaud his arduous battle from what many considered to be a career-ending condition:

"It was a very special moment for me after a year out," said Abidal, wearing a shirt with ‘Merci mon cousin’ on the front.

"I want to thank my cousin as without him I would not be here today. It is a unique moment," he added.

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