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Former U.S. national soccer team member Robbie Rogers, who left soccer in February after announcing he is gay, said during a radio interview on Sunday there's a "really good chance" he'll play in Major League Soccer this season, ESPN.com reported.

Rogers told ESPN Radio in Dallas that he's been encouraged by the way he's playing and how he was welcomed by the Los Angeles Galaxy players after joining the team in training this week.

"To be honest, I had no plans of going back to football at all and definitely not this soon," Rogers said in the radio interview. "But I was looking over some video clips that MLS sent to I think it was CNN or ABC of me just training, fooling around and just enjoying football. ... And it kind of just like [made him say], 'Oh my gosh, I miss this stuff.'

"I just need a bit more time to evaluate and to see how things play out, but I've really enjoyed myself [in Galaxy training]. It feels normal to be back. I've grown up playing soccer my whole life. I've always been on a soccer field, so I feel at home on a soccer field."

Rogers, 25, left Leeds United in January after spending more than a year in England.

Rogers said in the radio interview that he and Galaxy coach Bruce Arena have been discussing a return to Galaxy training sessions as a guest for the past few weeks.

His MLS rights are held by the Chicago Fire after they acquired them in a Feb. 4 trade with the Columbus Crew.

"I don't want to go to Chicago," Rogers said. "I think if it comes down to you can only play in Chicago, then I probably won't go back. I need to do it somewhere where I'm totally 100 percent comfortable so ... I would most likely do it closest to my family. ... I'm not closing the doors or saying no to anyone else that I've talked to but ... that would be my priority."
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