U.S. national-teamer Robbie Rogers' Leeds United debut couldn't have gone much worse.
The winger from Palos Verdes and Huntington Beach (and Mater Dei High School), who darted to England after five seasons with the Columbus Crew, was taken off the field on a stretcher after knocking heads with Doncaster Rovers defender Tommy Spurr in second-half stoppage of Leeds' 3-2 English Championship victory Saturday.
He was taken to a hospital and diagnosed with a concussion.
Rogers, on his Twitter account, posted Sunday that he was “happy to have made my debut! Didn't know Mike Tyson was out on the field yesterday, out for a good few minutes.” Shortly after, he tweeted: “Concussions are no joke... Laying low for a few days. Thanks for everyone's concern and comments much appreciated!”
On Tuesday, Rogers tweeted that he was “feeling a lot better 2day... .. Lil walk around the city to get some fresh air is much needed.”
Rogers, who joined the second-tier club during the winter transfer window, made his debut in the 79th minute. It was the second time he'd been on the 18-man game roster since signing with the club on Jan. 10.
His opportunity with the club changed when manager Simon Grayson, who brought him to Leeds, was dismissed Feb. 1. Neil Redfearn has served as interim manager, but Neil Warnock, fired Jan. 5 as Queens Park Rangers' boss, signed on last weekend and will lead Leeds on Saturday at Portsmouth.
Grayson was hired Monday as manager of third-tier Huddersfield Town.
Catching up with other local stars:
UCLA All-American Sydney Leroux, the top pick (by Atlanta) in last month's Women's Professional Soccer draft, has signed to play this season with the Seattle Sounders' women's team in the USL W-League. U.S. national team goalkeeper Hope Solo also signed with the Sounders, her hometown team. WPS went on hiatus, with four clubs, but not Atlanta, joining the a new elite division in W-League rival Women's Premier Soccer League.
UANL Tigres left back Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Riverside/Saddleback HS) has chosen to play for the U.S. under-20 national team rather than Mexico's U-20 side. He was called into both camps this month but decided “staying loyal to the USA,” as he tweeted last week, was his best bet. “Coming from a Mexican family, you can imagine how happy my parents were when I told them [about the Mexico call-up], but I feel comfortable being with the U.S.,” Ocegueda, 18, told Major League Soccer's website. “I enjoy being with the rest of the players and the coaches and wanted to stay loyal to the team since they gave me my first opportunity.” Ocegueda was on Tigres' first-team roster for the Mexican champs' Copa Libertadores matches.
UCLA freshman midfielders Sarah Killion and Sam Mewis are on University of Virginia coach Steve Swanson's U.S. roster for the CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship on March 1-11 in Panama. The top three trams advance to the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup on Aug. 18-Sept. 9 in Japan. Mewis played for the U.S. at the 2010 World Cup and in 2008 at the U-17 World Cup.