24-year old United States international Robbie Rogers has agreed a deal to join Leeds United, subject to the former Columbus Crew star receiving a work permit.

Rogers was in attendance at the Emirates last night to see The Whites narrowly beaten by Arsenal which further fuelled speculation he was about to join Leeds United.

In his five years with Columbus Crew, Rogers has made 128 appearances scoring 17 times. He was part of the 2008 MLS Cup winning team which in the same year also won the Supporters Cup – a trophy they successfully defended in 2009.

In the double winning season of 2008, Rogers was named in the MLS Best XI and in 2011 he was voted Columbus Crew’s hardest working player.

A successful 2008 saw Rogers gain international recognition with a call up to the United States side for the Beijing Olympics. Robbie has since won 18 caps for the USA, scoring twice.

It’s worth noting that Rogers may find it difficult to obtain a UK work permit. He doesn’t meet the criteria for guaranteed eligibility so Leeds United will have to argue his case. I presume, since he’s been offered a contract based on the outcome, that the club are pretty confident.

Further information available at www.THERobbieRogers.com. Yes, THE Robbie Rogers! He’s also on Twitter (for now).

At home with Robbie Rogers Video

  • Dissident

    Bloody hell, Bates really has opened the warchest – TWO signings?!

    All hail Our Most Glorious Leader Who Reigns Atop The Redeveloped East Stand Which Is Most Superb.

    • TSS

      @Dissident It’s almost as if he’s taking this promotion idea seriously!

  • Captaincrash

    @Colin Judgement reserved unless you know (anyone knows) that he is any good….. Snoddy and Townsend first choices out wide, White and Sam too….

    • TSS

      @Captaincrash@Colin Yanks on Twitter seem to rate him. Hard to judge MLS players though.

      • dess

        @TSS@Captaincrash@Colin did they rate Grella too?

  • TSS

    @Captaincrash Have you seen the video I’ve added?

    He gets around on a skateboard – that’ll work in Leeds! Ha.

  • Ben

    well the MLS is getting better and better just look at the loanee for arsenal scoring past us last night but in all seriousness though i think this is a positive move hopefully it can go some way in helping to replace Gradel because as much as i like Nunez he hasnt done the job as yet and Townsend is only on loan

  • Captaincrash

    @Colin I’ve gotta Feeling Black Eyed Peas or More than a Feeling Boston (oh wnat a classic)?

  • Lee B

    Was he a free agent, or has money changed hands?

    • Colin

      Yes, he’s out of contract and free.

      • TSS

        Rejected contract renewal at Columbus Crew, so he’s been planning on a move abroad for a while by the looks of it.

        • Gryff

          @TSS The last man who had a one-way ticket to England and wound up at LUFC almost shares your first name…

          Here’s hoping the coincidences don’t stop there (though short of a cruciate injury!)

  • Colin

    @Captaincrash He he he. No, I’ve just got feeling. I probably should see a doctor.

  • Tropicwhite

    Not impressed at all with Robbie Rodgers. Seen him play quite a few times. The following is from Big Soccer and pretty much sums him up as a player:

    “There are a lot of things about Robbie Rogers that are destined to annoy BigSoccer. 1. He was hyped as a teenager and then failed to live up to his perceived potential. This is annoying to BS posters and Rogers gets more flak than an equivalent player who did not have his youth pedigree would receive. 2. To make matters worse, he is inconsistent. This engenders a feeling among posters that there was valid reason for his hype, but that he is too mentally weak to realize his potential in anything other than brief flashes, a frustrating state of affairs if true. 3. He is a fringe player for the USMNT. The sort of player who is good enough to wind up with a call up here and there, but not good enough to succeed at that level. These players tend to be criticized much more than those a half-step below them who do not receive call ups. The Robbie Findley Effect. As such, Rogers generates more angst than other players of similar talent.”

    Imo, we need more players of similar talent and consistency to Andros Townsend and unfortunately, Rodgers, outside of his pace, has never shown this. Don’t think he’s going to offer us that much to be honest.

  • Tropicwhite

    Not impressed at all with Robbie Rodgers. Seen him play quite a few times. The following is from Big Soccer and pretty much sums him up as a player:

    “There are a lot of things about Robbie Rogers that are destined to annoy BigSoccer. 1. He was hyped as a teenager and then failed to live up to his perceived potential. This is annoying to BS posters and Rogers gets more flak than an equivalent player who did not have his youth pedigree would receive. 2. To make matters worse, he is inconsistent. This engenders a feeling among posters that there was valid reason for his hype, but that he is too mentally weak to realize his potential in anything other than brief flashes, a frustrating state of affairs if true. 3. He is a fringe player for the USMNT. The sort of player who is good enough to wind up with a call up here and there, but not good enough to succeed at that level. These players tend to be criticized much more than those a half-step below them who do not receive call ups. The Robbie Findley Effect. As such, Rogers generates more angst than other players of similar talent.”

    In my opinion, we need more players of similar talent and consistency to Andros Townsend and unfortunately, Rodgers, outside of his pace, has never shown this. Don’t think he’s going to offer us that much to be honest.

    • Ron_Galea

      @Tropicwhite We need to give the guy a chance, but I agree that this signing is probably not one that gets us promoted. It’s a big shot in the arm for the squad when someone of Premier league pedigree joins us and sends the right message that we are serious about success. I doubt this signing had any impact and will likely go down as a squad filler. I hope he proves me wrong.

  • Gazzalew

    @Captaincrash tenner says he’s shit

  • MattWrigley

    why do people slate players off before they’ve even been given a chance, typical fickle leeds fans. yes bates is a tight arse and were not going to be competing with the likes of Leicester and co on transfer fees, (although 750,00 for st ledger is steal and i think even we can afford that) anyways give the lad a break & the chance to prove himself, he could read this and think what the hell has he let himself in for.

    • Gryff

      @MattWrigley He’d be a bit stupid if he spent his spare time reading our bullsh*t. On blogs you judge people – just like people do at pubs, on the phone, down the park.

      You’ve got to expect a harsh appraisal. Some people aren’t convinced – doesn’t mean they won’t be cheering him on and doesn’t mean they won’t be singing his name if he makes some good appearances.

      People were harsh about Lonners and he’s turned out great and now everybody loves him. When Grayson talked about blooding some youngsters after Barnsley I said it’s not a good idea. Some people disagreed but now Zac Thompson’s come in and everybody thinks he’s worth a place on the bench at least.

      Supporters are fickle. They voice opinions and opinions are fickle things.

      • Gryff

        @MattWrigley not a bad idea*

  • ClingingMars

    I’d taking him at Forest without blinking. Then again, I am a slightly biased American.

  • Jamie Saunders

    looks a spitting of ross mccormack..

  • Keld Søgaard

    Interesting! :D

  • Craig Woodhead

    17 in 128, just what we need.

  • Craig Woodhead

    Another Eddie Lewis, not expecting much. Can’t be any worse than Nunez I suppose

  • Billy Leeds

    Hasn’t signed, silly! :)

  • Daniel Broadhead

    Signed as In we’ve paid a transfer fee and he gets a contract with a wage?

  • Billy Leeds

    Nope – and I truly hope he doesn’t. GASH!

  • Omar Suarez

    Looking at his website I can’t tell whether he’s a player or a brand. Also Robert Hampton Rogers the III is an epic name. Should put that on his shirt.

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  • Loiner

    I’ve heard this guy is a good creative winger. Blackburn were supposedly looking at him, and yes I know they’re shit, but they’re better than us. if he’s as good as Ediie Lewis it’s a result.

  • Irving08

    Distinctly underwhelmed. We do not need any more squad players and this boy doesn’t look like he could walk into the starting X1. It makes no sense, anyway, to sign a player who will require time to acclimatise.

  • Irving08

    Distinctly underwhelmed. We do not need any more squad players and this boy doesn’t look like he could walk into the starting X1. It makes no sense, anyway, to sign a player who will require time to acclimatise.

  • Tyler75

    Looks like a Ross McCormack doppelganger – must be part of some tactical masterplan to confuse the opposition. Let’s hope he’s more Lewis than Grella.

  • Irving08

    No need to look far for a song then, ‘Baby face….etc’. He won’t like the rough stuff either. Grella was skillfull and had New Yorkers’ balls.

  • Gav Andrews

    his contract had come to an end. supposedly they wanted to keep him but he wanted a move to europe…

  • Paul Kelly

    Has he signed ? Its not even on the web site

  • Denis Dalby

    It was on the cards, but no work permit? Will they permit him to play I wonder?

  • halifax white

    seen him play a few times! not a bad player at all!! if his work permit goes through got to give the lad a chance!

  • American here, not a Leeds supporter but I figured I’d chime in. Robbie is a decent player, has some speed and potential but as someone mentioned, he is inconsistent. I enjoy when he’s called into the national team, provides a spark off the bench. That said, I would be VERY surprised if he came into Leeds and earned a spot into the starting XI immediately. Maybe a start or two by late April, but can’t see him being a regular. Also, the comparisons with Grella need to stop. If you asked USMNT fans over here who he is, most wouldn’t have a clue. Everyone knows who Robbie is. You got him for free, I think he’s worth that chance.

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  • Gryff

    Mmm. After hearing he got a bit homesick in Netherlands and hangs pictures of Cali on his walls I’m not holding my breath for him being a long-term addition.

    He seems a decent player, though I’m still not sure how much he will have learnt against MLS defences (as compared to Townsend in EPL), but he need to show himself good enough to play regularly (as Simon doesn’t enjoy rotating his inner-circle) and fit in to life in cloudy, cold old Leeds. Then again, he’s spent years in Ohio…

  • Dje

    I’m presuming the guy is actually more than two feet tall?!

    http://instagr.am/p/gQF8g/

  • Noah S

    American Leeds supporter (family from Yorkshire). Significantly better than Grella. At this point I’d rate him below Lewis but the ceiling is higher. Inconsistent but has pace, a bit of skill and is decent with a cross. Not what we need for promotion, imo, but a decent player nonetheless. I’d like to reiterate that Rogers is an international and Grella isn’t anywhere close, nobody over here has heard of him.