LOS ANGELES -- Robbie Rogers' retirement didn't last long.
After coming out publicly in February and announcing his retirement from soccer, Rogers has agreed to a deal to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer (MLS), according to USA Today.
Rogers will become the first-ever openly gay player in the MLS.
The 26-year-old also hopes to play for the U.S. national soccer team if it qualifies for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Rogers changed his mind about playing after speaking to a large group of kids last month at the Nike Be True LGBT Youth Forum in Portland, Ore., the newspaper reported:
"I seriously felt like a coward," he tells USA TODAY Sports in an exclusive interview about his return. "These kids are standing up for themselves and changing the world, and I'm 25, I have a platform and a voice to be a role model. How much of a coward was I to not step up to the plate?"
Rogers has received an outpouring of support since coming out. He reached out recently to Bruce Arena, the coach of the Galaxy, and asked if he could train with the team. Weeks later, he is returning to the game he loves.