"I think it's fantastic," said RSL defender Nat Borchers. "What he did transcends sports. You look at something like that and how difficult it is and still want to play soccer, I just think it's fantastic and is such a great story."
"What a courageous guy," added defender Tony Beltran. "To be the first openly gay athlete in North America, it's extremely commendable. I'm very proud to know him, and I'm very proud he's back in the league. He's obviously a great individual, but he's also a fantastic soccer player."
Rogers played for the Columbus Crew from 2007 to 2011, then played for Leeds United in England. He retired in February, 2013 and shortly thereafter announced he was gay. Rogers was out of the game until the Galaxy made a trade with the Chicago Fire, who owned the rights to Rogers, thus making history.
NBA player Jason Collins announced he was gay last month, but has yet to play in a game since he came out. Rogers has already played in two games for the Galaxy.
"I think it shows the progress that we've made not only as a league, but just as a country and as a society," said defender Chris Wingert. "I think that everybody is excited about it."
"I've been impressed by the way the league has handled it and by the way the fans have handled it," Borchers said. "For soccer to be a part of something like this is special."
We'll see how Rogers is treated by RSL fans on Saturday, but if they don't support him, it's probably because he plays for the hated Galaxy.
"The most exciting part about it is just the overwhelming support not just from the soccer community, but also from the entire nation in general," said Beltran. "But the one time I'm not going to root for him is Saturday."
RSL's game against the L.A. Galaxy will be televised by ABC4 Utah Saturday at 7:30 p.m.