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USL opens investigation after Robbie Rogers alleges OC Blues player used gay slur

Rogers says it's first instance since returning to professional soccer.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Orange County Blues are in the news, and not for a good reason, as LA Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers alleged in a post on his Facebook page on Sunday that a Blues player repeatedly called him a gay slur in the final 15 minutes of Orange County's 2-0 win over LA Galaxy II on Saturday.

Rogers, who is openly gay and the only gay male athlete out to the public at present in American professional soccer, says the instance on Saturday is the only time he has encountered anti-gay abuse from an opponent since coming out and returning to professional soccer four seasons ago.

He did not identify the player who made the slurs, and it would be irresponsible to speculate on the player in question.

The former U.S. international had undergone ankle surgery earlier this year and was playing for the Galaxy's USL side on a rehab start. He has played periodically for Galaxy II in the past, including when he was converting to a fullback position from a winger.

The response from USL was swift, as the league released a statement announcing they are opening an investigation on Rogers' allegation:

As of Sunday evening, the Blues had not released a statement on the matter.

This is a pretty big story as it stands at present, and we will be sure to update as it develops.

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