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Columbus Crew’s Robbie Rogers to join Leeds United

Former Columbus Crew midfielder and current United States national soccer team member Robbie Rogers is back to Europe.

Rogers joined Leeds United Wednesday after playing the last five seasons with the Crew, and awaits the approval of a work permit to begin playing with the English Championship team.

“(Leeds) were interested and they worked it out with my agent,” Rogers told leedsunited.com. “I had the opportunity to stay in Major League Soccer and it would have been very comfortable. My whole life I’ve grown up watching English soccer and European soccer and I really thought now was the time to take the chance and challenge myself. I think I’m ready for it.”

The Crew did not respond to The Lantern’s request for comment regarding Rogers’ departure for Leeds.

Rogers, who has 18 international appearances for his country and was an MLS Best XI selection in 2008, made his professional debut with Dutch side Heerenveen in 2006 before returning to America and signing with Columbus.

Leeds, nicknamed the “Whites,” is currently in eighth place in the English Championship, which is one division below the English Premier League.


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