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LA Galaxy's Rogers feeling good after reserve team return

Robbie Rogers is hoping he can soon be available for first team selection for the LA Galaxy.

The 26-year old winger has not played for the Galaxy since tearing his hamstring in the CONCACAF Champions League against Cartagines on August 20 but got through 80 minutes of a reserves team outing on Monday night and is positive about his recovery.

"I'm just happy to get out here and play, just be on the field," said Rogers.

"I mean, it's been quite a while [since I've played, and] I think it was a game for me to be running around. So just happy with 80 minutes; that's what I was most happy with."

He added: "I didn't know quite what to expect after being out for so long. I have a lot of improvement to do. Like I said, after the first 45, I was dead tired, so there's a lot of work to do."

Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena admitted he was hoping to get Rogers back into his first team as the MLS playoffs approach.

"I was surprised how long [Rogers] lasted in the game, because I would have thought the fitness would have been the biggest factor," Arena said. "But as the game went on, he got better. He still has a ways to go, but it was good to get him back on the field again."

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