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Rogers Debuts, Galaxy rout Sounders

Posted on 27 May 2013 by iyeo

It took 76 minutes for Robbie Rogers to make history on Sunday night.

The midfielder had to wait until the 77th minute to become the first openly gay male athlete to play in a professional men’s team sport in North America. Rogers came on as a substitute late in Sunday night’s match against the Seattle Sounders, which turned out to be an easy night for the Galaxy. Led by Robbie Keane’s hat trick, the Galaxy were all over the Sounders almost from the start of the match, racing out to a convincing 4-0 win at the Home Depot Center.

“I think our start to the game was real good. Guys had a real good positive attitude about getting out there tonight,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said. “I think this year, for a large part of the year, we’ve played pretty well. We’ve just been a little inconsistent, a little unlucky at times, and I think at least tonight we rewarded ourselves a little bit and we got the kind of result we deserved.”

Rogers, playing his first competitive match since leaving Leeds United in February, entered in place of Juninho in the 77th minute to an ovation from the capacity crowd of 24,811. Rogers had a few touches and completed a pass in his limited time on the pitch.

“I only had a few touches, so I was happy to get a few touches,” Rogers said. “My running felt pretty good – I felt like I haven’t lost too much speed – but it was 4-0, so it’s hard to say. … I think the real test will come maybe Wednesday or the weekend.”

The Galaxy won the match in the first half, unleashing a barrage against the Sounders backline and keeper Michael Gspurning while limiting Seattle’s scoring chances. LA struck first in the 12th minute, as Robbie Keane crossed a ball into the six-yard box and Right Back Sean Franklin tapped in an open net chance to open the scoring for the Galaxy.

Soon, it was Keane’s turn to put the ball in the back of the net. Keane’s first goal came in the 24th minute. Landon Donovan crossed a ball into the Sounders penalty area, the ball went off LA Center Back Omar Gonzalez, the ball went to Keane and the striker buried the point blank chance in the box without any resistance from Gspurning. Keane’s last two goals came from the penalty spot, the first coming after Center Back Djimi Traore took down Galaxy striker Gyasi Zardes in the penalty area and referee Baldomero Toledo whistled for the penalty area, much to the disagreement of the Sounders. Keane’s penalty was initially denied by Gspurning, but Toledo ordered a re-take, as Seattle’s Mauro Rosales was called for encroaching the penalty area before the kick. Keane didn’t miss this time, as he went right while Gspurning went left. Keane’s second penalty came just before halftime, as Brad Evans clipped Juninho from behind in the box at his ankles. This time, Keane went left while Gspurning went the other way.

“It’s always nice to score,” Keane said. “One, two, three or four doesn’t really matter. As a striker, your job is to score goals, so it’s of course great to score a hat trick, but I think the most important thing is getting the three points and bouncing back after the defeat last week against [the New York] Red Bulls, which we certainly didn’t deserve to lose.”

“The Galaxy will jump into U.S. Open Cup play on Wednesday when they head to Carolina to face the RailHawks, then it’s onto New England to face the Revolution on Saturday.

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