Robbie Rogers Player Profile
Debut: Oldham Athletic (A, 1-0), 25/08/2012
Not content with the raft of summer signings already made, Boro’ manager Gary Smith used his Major League Soccer knowledge to strengthen the squad further in summer 2012. Robbie Rogers signed on loan from Championship side Leeds United, having made his name Columbus Crew during a four-year stay with the Ohio-based club.
A fully-fledged USA international at the time of his arrival, Rogers had graduate through the U20 and U23 teams to get there. Although he did not make the cut for the 2010 World Cup squad, the winger was included on the 30-man preliminary squad list and made a substitute appearance in a pre-tournament friendly against the Czech Republic.
In coming to Boro’, the player provided the option of featuring out wide or up front as a second striker. With Smith opting to use a 4-2-3-1 formation early on in 2012/3, the addition of Rogers was a valuable and flexible one. It also provided him with the opportunity to make a name for himself in England, with opportunities at Elland Road restricted.