In an open letter through his website, Robbie Rogers acknowledged he's "felt different" his whole life. While located in London, Rogers announced that he is gay. He says, "I always thought I could hide this secret. Football was my escape, my purpose, my identity. Football hid my secret, gave me more joy than I could have ever imagined…"

Rogers, who is 25 years old, also announced that he's retiring from soccer. 

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