Robbie Rogers Makes Galaxy Debut in 4-0 Win Over Sounders
Robbie Rogers made his return to Major League Soccer in a match that saw his LA Galaxy shut out the Seattle Sounders.
The Galaxy certainly made it easy for head coach Bruce Arena to have some flexibility with second half substitutions, racking up all four of their goals in the first half of the match. In addition to being a part of the buildup to Sean Franklin’s opening goal, Robbie Keane scored his first hat trick in MLS, with a slick finish in the 24th minute and two converted penalties.
For the first half, it just seemed that whenever the Sounders captured possession, they would get the ball up the field then just fall apart. The second was a bit more balanced with chances for both sides, including a very nice 68th minute shot from Landon Donovan coupled with a nice save from Michael Gspurning.
Robbie Rogers was substituted into the game in the 77th minute for Juninho. He took the field, the crowd roared, and the game continued. When the whistle blew for full time, the LA Galaxy walked away with a 4-0 win.
Rogers got in a few touches, won a one-on-one battle, and generally looked good out there on the field. And immensely happy.
In the post-game press conference Bruce Arena emphasized that judgement will come for Rogers over the next weeks and months, and Rogers himself said true tests will come on narrower pitches where he will have less space to work with. The goal is to continue to get Rogers playing time and experience back in the game.
That next experience will come Wednesday as the Galaxy take on the Carolina Railhawks in the next round of the U.S. Open Cup. With the crew Arena is sending to Cary, Rogers sees himself somewhat as a senior figure, an older player who can share past Cup experience with other players who haven’t had as much play in the century-old tournament.
But all in all, the game was perfect. It was normal. And Rogers wouldn’t have had it any other way.