Rogers waits for call(up) from Klinsmann

Robbie Rogers was once close with Jurgen Klinsmann. Rogers was a teen growing up in Southern California and Klinsmann a German legend transplanted to America with his young family. They played on the same amateur team and drove together to work out with the LA Galaxy. But since he announced he was gay, Rogers says he hasn't heard from Klinsmann.

"When I was coming out, it was to a very small group of people: my family, then some of my teammates like Sacha Kljestan, Brad Evans," Rogers told an MLS media roundtable in Manhattan Beach, Calif., near where he grew up. "Jurgen was one of the guys that I tried to get in contact with -- email, messages, stuff like that. And I haven't heard from him."

Rogers scored the first goal of the Klinsmann era when struck the tying goal in a 1-1 tie with Mexico in August 2011, but he has not heard from the U.S. coach since he returned from Leeds United -- "a really dark place in my life," he calls his time in England.

"Jurgen wrote my letter to get to Leeds, for me to get a work permit," he said. "He was one of the guys who spoke to my mom about whether I should go to [U.S. Under-17] Residency or not." (He ended up staying for one semester.)

Since Rogers came out in 2013, he returned from soccer, unretired to sign with the Galaxy, moved to a new position, left back, and helped the Galaxy win MLS Cup 2014.

"I don't know how he feels about me as a soccer player," said Rogers. "I don't know how he feels about the whole situation. But I'm sure I'll speak with him and I know he said there is an open door for me with the national team. That's cool, I guess."

Klinsmann has said he'd have called Rogers into the camp being up the road from where Rogers was speaking if he had not decided to stock the camp roster with under-23 hopefuls.

"We'll see how the season goes and if I continue to improve as a left back," added Rogers. "I'd love to play on the national team and have that conversation with Jurgen. Of course, I want to play for the national team but I think I need to have that conversation. I've know him since I was 12 or 13 years old. So I think him and I need to have a live conversation if he's interested. I think that's more important to me than playing on the national team."
6 comments about "Rogers waits for call(up) from Klinsmann".
  1. Gary Wien, January 21, 2015 at 3:32 p.m.

    I have to give Paul Kennedy credit. Week in and week out he finds new ways to write articles bashing Klinsmann in some way...

  2. Edgar Aldana, January 21, 2015 at 4:17 p.m.

    Gary Wien, if there was a thumbs up button I would give you a thumbs up. This writer is a total JK hater and doesn't hide it.

  3. Glenn Maddock, January 21, 2015 at 4:35 p.m.

    Gary & Edgar, whether Paul doesn't care for JK or not, this is somewhat disturbing, since RR said this himself. His "friend" JK, who he played and trained with, didn't even call him when he was going through this amazing trauma 2 years ago. He had just played for JK with the USMNT before he went to Leeds. So its really disturbing that he wouldn't support his friend & former player.

  4. Dan Dardenne, January 21, 2015 at 5:48 p.m.

    There is nothing "disturbing" about this. We're taking one mans word, so we can't confirm or deny that JK hasnt tried to get in contact, but if the kid had what it takes, you damn well know JK would have gotten in touch and had him into US camp. Stop your bitching RR, be a man and have some integrity, and earn your spot like everyone us.

  5. Eric in DC, January 21, 2015 at 8:54 p.m.

    Let him earn a call up on the field, then we can have the discussion about whether or not he's good enough.

  6. cisco martinez, January 21, 2015 at 10:23 p.m.

    Coaches do not care about what is going on in your personal life, they care whether you are performing on the field. Has Roger performed on the field to warrant at least a call up? I think so, klinsmann has called up players that in my opinion should have been excluded from the world cup, and others such as Johnson, Donovan, and Goodson should have been included; my only concern is that rogers' suggestion that because he know klinsmann, therefore he should get a chance is absurd..

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