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Robbie Rogers and Leeds are going their separate ways
   January 15, 2013 (8:46 AM) by Howie Michaels     Email This Post Email This Post

Busy week for fringe Nats named Robbie:

The 25-year old, who joined the club 12 months ago after a successful trial period, was made available for transfer at the start of the season and he has signed contract cancellation papers.

Robbie started just one game for the club since arriving from Columbus Crew and made three further appearances as a substitute.

A head injury ruled him out for a period last season before an ankle injury curtailed his campaign early.

There hasn’t been any chatter regarding a domestic return that I’m aware of. Unlike Mr. Findley, his rights belong to his former club so no trade would necessarily be required. Rogers was somewhat unsettled in his latter years in Columbus (after having been Best XI in 2008) including requesting a trade in March 2011. So, even though he isn’t subject to the allocation process, Columbus and Rogers might prefer to engineer a trade of rights. (Unsourced speculation: his time training with the Galaxy suggests that they could be interested in him— perhaps a trade to replace Donovan? Let’s start that rumor.)

Rogers made 13 total appearances in 2012— four Championship appearances, six League One appearances (under former Colorado Rapids manager Gary Smith at Stevenage), one FA Cup  appearance, one League Cup appearance, and one Football League Trophy appearance.

Think he’ll return to America’s hardest working team? I doubt he returns to Columbus— that relationship was definitely broken, and Robert Warzycha is still there. A trade within MLS seems much more likely. He was making $140k in 2011. Beggars can’t be choosers, so he might have to take a pay cut. I’m half-joking with the Galaxy, although he is from California and Bruce Arena likes reclamation projects.

A return to the Netherlands seems unlikely (due to the international player minimum salary). I could see something in Scandinavia being an option.

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5 Responses to “Robbie Rogers and Leeds are going their separate ways”

  1. Jeffrey says:

    Hope not, It would be nice to see him find a place at a mid-level league some where in Europe to build up some playing time and see what he can do.

  2. 2tone says:

    This isn’t any surprise. Rogers’ biggest hit against him is his lack of a football IQ. Really physically gifted, but has never seemed to have a high IQ to vault him into a very good player. My guess he returns to MLS, but not with Columbus. I could see Columbus trade him away.

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  5. Trent Hill says:

    Hoping to see him make a move to a middling European league. Low-team in Portugal or decent team in Austria makes sense.

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