November 28, 2012
HANGING THEM UP
Ex-U.S. international Wolff retires from United
Former U.S. international Josh Wolff has decided to hang up his soccer boots.
|Josh Wolff called it a career after playing 14 years professionally.
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Wolff, who will move from being a player to an assistant coach with D.C. United, announced his retirement on Wednesday after a 14-year career that included playing in Major League Soccer and Germany.
“It’s been a fun ride and I have had a lot of great experiences over the years in the League, abroad, and with the national team,” Wolff said in a statement. “I’d like to thank everyone for the memories, advice, and direction over the years. Though I’m excited to take the next step in my career and to be joining such a great technical staff, I’m most excited to build upon what we did this past season as a group.”
The 35-year-old Wolff scored nine goals and assisted on five others in 52 matches for the U.S. National Team. Probably his best known goal was against Mexico in a 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in February 2001.
Wolff started his pro career with the then-expansion Chicago Fire in 1998. He scored eight goals in 14 games while helping the team to the MLS Cup title and U.S. Open Cup crown. He left MLS in 2006 to play for 1860 Munich (Germany) before returning to the league with Kansas City in 2008. United selected Wolff in the re-entry draft after the 2010 season.
During his MLS career, Wolff scored 80 goals and collected 49 assists in 210 starts over 267 regular-season games.
After he playing in nine games to start this past season with D.C., Wolff’s year was cut short in September as he underwent surgery to repair a lower back disc herniation. Wolff registered one assist in 223 minutes and one start.
“I was lucky enough to play alongside Josh since we were teenagers and we were able to share some incredible experiences, playing in the Olympics and a World Cup as teammates,” United coach Ben Olsen said in a statement. “He had a wonderful career both for the national team and in MLS and I consider him one of my oldest friends. I am extremely excited that he’s joining our staff full-time. He brings a fresh perspective that will continue to help both this club and me.”