The Los Angeles Galaxy has officially announced its trade bringing Robbie Rogers to LA from Chicago in exchange for Mike Magee. LA coach Bruce Arena said if Rogers' paperwork arrives in time, he will be on the Galaxy's 18-man roster at 8 p.m. Sunday when the Sounders visit.
Sounders coach Sigi Schmid addressed the topic Saturday, just before the announcement and just before his club flew out to California:
On the impact of the trade on the Galaxy: It’s hard to say because Robbie hasn’t played any games with them yet. He’s more of an out-and-out winger, while Magee is more of a pseudo-winger/pseudo-forward and gets inside a little bit more. So it changes maybe a little bit how they play, and it will probably take a little bit of time to coordinate all that within their team. Certainly it will make a change within their team.
On if Rogers might play against the Sounders on Sunday: Don’t know if they’re going to be able to get his ITC in time. I think that’s still up in the air. … I know Robbie sent me a text this morning telling me that he hopes to see me on Sunday. I said, ‘I hope to see you, but not on the field.’
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On if Chicago got fair compensation: I think it’s an equitable trade. … Magee just turned 29, and Robbie’s going to turn 26, so the age difference isn’t as great as when they say 29 and 25. And Mcgee’s been one of the player’s who’s come through for them his home is Chicago – that’s where he’s from – so I guess that works out well for him also. But I think it’s a pretty fair trade. You can’t always say that about a lot of trades in this league – like the Gabriel Farfan from Philly to Chivas trade – but this one I think is a pretty fair trade.
On the Sounders' interest in Rogers: That was the first discussion. We had expressed interest that if there was something there that we certainly would like to participate in the discussion. But it never really got to that point.
On Rogers returning as MLS's first openly gay player: I think it’s all about him as a soccer player at this stage. It’s about him getting back on the field, him playing well, him getting back to the level where he was a national team player, and I think that’s what the focus has got to be. Everybody in their personal lives have things that make them different or unique to them in one way or another, but I think the focus on the soccer field is what you do on the soccer field. For me, I’m happy that Robbie is back. I’m happy that he’s playing. I think he shouldn’t have stepped away because of the off-the-field thing. I don’t think anybody should step away from an off-the-field situation if they can stay on the field. But it’s a great opportunity for him and to make a statement. But at the end of the day, he’s going to get judged by his ability to play the game.