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- DOB May 12, 1987
- Age 27
- Place of birth Huntington Beach, California
- POSITION Midfielder
- HEIGHT 5'10"
- WEIGHT 165
- U.S. CAPS 18
- CLUB LA Galaxy
- TWITTER @robbierogers (230K followers)
- Youth Experience U-20, U-23
Robbie Rogers is one of the only men in the U.S. player pool who can say he has played with Jurgen Klinsmann.
The winger and the coach shared a field as members of the fourth-division Orange County Blue Star in 2003. Rogers was a 16-year-old prospect with speed to burn while Klinsmann was 38 and playing under the name Jay Goppingen. “It was cool because I had played as him on FIFA [on a gaming console] and remember watching him in the World Cup,” Rogers told the Washington Post in 2011. “When I first saw him at the field, it was like, ‘Wow, that’s Jurgen Klinsmann.’ The more I got to know him, I found out he was an awesome person.”
Both have gone on to bigger and better things. Rogers spent a year at the University of Maryland before trying his luck at Heerenveen in the Netherlands. He never made an appearance for the Dutch club, however, and moved to the Columbus Crew in 2007. Rogers made the MLS Best XI in 2008 and was a key member of the squad that won two straight Supporters' Shields.
On the national side, Rogers figured for the U-20 team from 2004 to 2007 and also played all three matches at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He earned his first senior team cap against Sweden on January 24, 2009, and played in the 2009 Gold Cup. The midfielder also made the 30-man preliminary roster for the 2012 World Cup but ended up getting cut.
Though on the fringes of the roster under Bob Bradley, Rogers received a call-up for Klinsmann's first game as U.S. national team coach. Rogers came through, too, scoring the game-tying goal on a cross from Brek Shea. "I have really enjoyed playing for Jurgen," Rogers said. "He has a lot of confidence in us, and to get that goal made me feel good. I'll take it."
In January 2012 Rogers moved to Leeds, a decision Klinsmann encouraged. The midfielder made a few appearances but struggled with injuries and found himself loaned to League One's Stevenage (under former Colorado Rapids coach Gary Smith) in August 2012.
Rogers is still young and still fast, but he needs consistent playing time to continue improving. With any luck he will find some in England’s third tier.—NOAH DAVIS
Klinsmann on Rogers:
"I saw Robbie play when he was 14, 15 already.... It’s fun to see these players coming through and it's fun to see what’s happened to them over the last couple of years." (September 2011)
Noteworthy ReadsRobbie Rogers Scores to Salvage Draw (Associated Press)
Rogers Has Special Connection with New Coach Klinsmann (MLSSoccer.com)