The Los Angeles Galaxy visited the White House today in recognition of their MLS Cup championship, which they won over the New England Revolution in early December.

President Barack Obama honored the Major League Soccer champions and paid special homage to Robbie Rogers, the openly gay Galaxy defender who came out publicly almost two years ago, and who started the MLS Cup final for the Galaxy.

Obama said today:

And finally, 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. 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.

He couldn't have been more spot-on.

You can watch the video of Rogers reacting to Obama's acknowledgement here.

Hat tip to Kevin Baxter.