The former Columbus Crew and Leeds United winger posted the following on Twitter when calling his retirement from the game on the weekend: "Secrets can cause so much internal damage. People love to preach about honesty, how honesty is so plain and simple. Try explaining to your loved ones after 25 years you are gay. I always thought I could hide this secret. Football was my escape, my purpose, my identity. Football hid my secret, gave me more joy than I could have ever imagined.”
LA Galaxy new boy Clark, who was suspended last season for making a gay slur at a ball-boy, says he is fully behind former USA teammate Rogers following his revelation.
“I had the privilege of playing with him back in '09, at the [CONCACAF] Gold Cup,” Clark said.
“Great player, really good dude. His sexuality wouldn't change my opinion about him. Proud that he came out, and as you saw from everybody in MLS, 100 percent support for him.
“I just think that he's had such an impact on a lot of players. And I think [that support] goes for anybody in the league. If there are others that would come out, I know there would be just as much support for them.
“I'm hoping that [Rogers] paving this path will help others. Not necessarily in MLS, but throughout the world, just coming out and feeling comfortable.”