CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Robbie Rogers became the first openly gay male athlete to play in a U.S. professional league on Sunday night, making his Major League Soccer debut with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Rogers entered as a substitute in the 77th minute with the Galaxy leading the Seattle Sounders 4-0, which turned out to be the final score. He received loud cheers from the crowd of 24,811 as he ran onto the pitch, with fans chanting his last name. Rogers ran by teammate Landon Donovan, who slapped his hand and patted him on the back as he took his position.
Rogers touched the ball a couple times in the closing minutes of the Galaxy's victory that ended a three-game winning streak for Seattle (4-4-3)
Rogers' signing on Saturday was so recent that he wasn't listed in the game day program, which featured a picture of Mike Magee in the centerfold. Magee, the Galaxy's leading scorer and a fan favorite, was traded to Chicago, which held Rogers' MLS rights.
Rogers, who spent the last two seasons in England, trained with the Galaxy for a month while hoping to continue his career not far from his hometown of Huntington Beach.
Robbie Keane had his first career three-goal game in MLS for Los Angeles (6-4-2).
RED BULLS 2, CREW 2, DRAW
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Defender Jamison Olave scored in the opening minute of injury time as New York tied Columbus to extend its unbeaten streak to seven games, the longest in 10 years.
Thierry Henry also scored for the Red Bulls (7-4-4), who are 5-0-2 during their best run since 2003.
Frederico Higuain appeared to give Columbus (4-4-4) the winner on a penalty in the 74th minute, but Olave settled a crossing pass by Jonathan Steele in the box and ripped a shot high into the left corner.
Dominic Oduro also scored for the Crew, who are 0-3-3 in their last six against the Red Bulls.
SPORTING KC 1, DYNAMO 1, DRAW
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kei Kamara scored his first goal since returning from a loan to England to help Sporting Kansas earn a draw against Houston.
A first-half penalty kick against Sporting KC was waved off, a week after a bad offside call denied them a goal in a 1-1 draw at D.C. United.
Brad Davis scored in first-half stoppage time for the Dynamo (6-4-3), who avoided their third straight loss to KC (6-4-4).