Rogers cheered in Galaxy's Cup loss

May 29, 2013
By ESPN.com news services

CARY, North Carolina -- Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay man playing in a U.S. professional league, was cheered in his first away game with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Rogers entered as a substitute in the 62nd minute of Los Angeles' 2-0 loss to the Carolina Railhawks on Wednesday in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup.

He received polite applause from the Railhawks' record crowd of 8,121, with some shouting cheers of encouragement.

Rogers made his MLS debut three nights earlier at home. This was his first game away from Southern California since he joined the Galaxy over the weekend.

The first true MLS away game for Rogers is Sunday at New England.

In other U.S. Open Cup matches Wednesday involving MLS teams, Chicago, Columbus, New York, Houston and Portland all advanced to the fourth round. The Seattle Sounders lost 1-0 away to the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

San Jose and Colorado were also eliminated Tuesday, while New England, Philadelphia, D.C. United, Kansas City, Chivas USA, FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake advanced.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.