Los Angeles Galaxy Ins And Outs: February 2, 2015

Feb 2, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; President Barack Obama (M) poses with Los Angeles Galaxy players and coaches at a ceremony honoring the NHL Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings and the MLS Champion Galaxy in the East Room at The White House. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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Today, Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy were in Washington, D.C. to visit the Leader of the Free World, the President of the United States, Mr. Barack Obama. The Galaxy were honored alongside fellow AEG-owned club Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. Defender Robbie Rogers was moved by President Obama’s praiseworthy panegyric.

“I want to recognize what Robbie Rogers of the Galaxy has done for a lot of people by blazing a trail as one of professional sports’ first openly gay players,” Obama said during his remarks in the East Room, according to LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano. “My guess is that as an athlete Robbie wants to win first and foremost, that’s what competition is all about.

“But Robbie, you’ve also inspired a whole lot of folks here and around the world, and we are very proud of you.”

“I was really surprised, actually, and pleasantly surprised,” Rogers said later in the day. “Just for him to mention where I’ve come from is special for me. There is a long way to go for the LGBT community. It’s slowly getting there. It’s changing. Slowly, it’s changing.”

“He’s been great for us,” said defender Todd Dunivant to Serrano. “We go way back with the President now. It doesn’t get old though. It’s such an honor. It’s just incredible. You can ask anyone in the league and they’d say that they’d want to go on this trip.

“You have to make this trip and some point and it’s an honor and a privilege for us. To go in the preseason is nice because you don’t have to do it during the year and have that distraction. To get it out of the way is nice and hopefully we can get some good training in while we’re there. It’ll be good. It’s another step forward for us and we’re looking forward to it.”

“It’s a real honor to do that. It’s a real positive for the Galaxy as it is for the Kings and AEG as well,” Arena said. “We’re honored to be there with the Kings, no question about it. I think that it’s great for the two teams can celebrate together at the White House.

“It’s always nice to get it over with during preseason because any later and it can be a distraction. It’s good to get it over with to be honest with you.

Forward Bradford Jamieson IV, fresh off qualifying for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup with the U.S. Under-20s, was all smiles when asked of his visit.

“I’m so excited to see the President. I have no idea. I just don’t know what to say really,” Jamieson said. “Going to the White House is such an honor. It’s amazing and once in a life time –unless of course we win again.”

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