05/26/2013 03:10 EDT | Updated 07/26/2013 05:12 EDT

Rogers eligible to make debut for Galaxy as 1st active openly gay male athlete

CARSON, Calif. - Robbie Rogers is eligible to make his debut for the Los Angeles Galaxy after Major League Soccer said it had received his international transfer certificate.

The former U.S. national team winger will become the first active openly gay male athlete to compete in a North American professional team sport when he makes his debut for the Galaxy, which could come in Sunday night's game against Seattle.

Rogers signed with the Galaxy on Saturday after being acquired from the Chicago Fire. The Galaxy traded Mike Magee to his hometown Fire in exchange for the rights to Rogers, who will wear No. 14.