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Claudio Reyna set to announce retirement

July 15, 2008 10:00 PM
 

From Soccer America (www.SoccerAmerica.com) and additional sources

Claudio Reyna, who played 112 games for the U.S. national team, has called a press conference for Wednesday to announce that he is retiring midway through his second injury-plagued season with MLS's New York Red Bulls.

The 34-year-old Reyna, who was known as "Captain America", spent 13 years in Europe at clubs in Germany, Scotland and England before joining New York in 2007 as its first Designated Player.

He started just six MLS games this season and has not played since May 25 because of back problems.

Reyna, whose history of injuries late in his European career made him a risky acquisition, played 21 games in 2007. A toe sprain sidelined him late in the regular season.

The Red Bulls are not expected to get any salary cap relief for the $325,000 portion of Reyna's salary that counted against the cap, but they are in the the midst of shuffling their roster for the second half of the 2008 season.

Reyna was a standout US Youth Soccer player from New Jersey where he played New Jersey US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program and went on to attend the University of Virginia from 1991-1993 on a full scholarship to play on the men's soccer team.  This team was coached by former U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena.  The Virginia Cavaliers would go on to win the NCAA championship each of his three seasons.     

On an individual level, Reyna won the Hermann Trophy in 1993 and the MAC Award in 1992 and 1993; and was named the 1992 and 1993 Soccer America Player of the Year. In 2000, the magazine placed him on its Team of the Century and named him the male player of the century.

 

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