Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Friedrich confirms retirement
by Ridge Mahoney, June 23rd, 2013 4:14PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  chicago fire, mls

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Injuries and age have finally caught up with defender Arne Friedrich. The Fire defender, a veteran of two World Cups with his native Germany, announced via Twitter and his personal Web site that his playing career is over.

Friedrich played 23 games for Chicago last season, which represented a remarkable comeback from the two slipped discs that prompted him to terminate his contract with Wolfsburg in 2011. He spent months rehabilitating and signed an MLS contract in March of last year.

A solid 2012 season earned him the team’s Defender of the Year Award and his tutelage of centerback partner Austin Berry was seen as instrumental to Berry winning Rookie of the Year honors.

Hamstring and hip injuries suffered early in 2013 prompted two trips to Germany for consultation and treatment. The hamstring injury occurred prior to the season opener and he aggravated a hip problem in April. He had not made an appearance in a league game this season.

“After much consideration and consultation with my doctors and physical therapists I have decided to finish my professional soccer career,” Friedrich wrote on his Web site. “The last couple of weeks and month, I have been suffering from increasing back pain. With two herniated discs in my lower back, I am no longer able to fulfill the demands of a professional soccer player. For this reason, I have asked the Chicago Fire to terminate my contract.”

Friedrich’s condition prompted the Fire to acquire one of its former players, Bakary Soumare, from Philadelphia in a trade. Soumare and Berry have been paired in the middle for most of the Fire’s games this season.

Friedrich ends his career with 82 caps for Germany, for which he played in the 2004 and 2008 European Championships and 2006 and 2010 World Cups. Prior to joining the Fire, he played nearly 300 matches for German clubs Armenia Bielefeld and Hertha Berlin as well as Wolfsburg.

“It was a fantastic time with unbelievably great experience," Friedrich wrote on his personal site. "I have made many friends in America in Chicago and found a kind of second home. For me the time has come to usher in a new phase of life. But first I'm going to focus entirely on my health.”


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
MLS Week 4: Results & Standings    
FC Dallas became the first MLS team to reach 10 points but it wasn't easy as ...
USL Week 2: Results & Standings    
The new Roughnecks celebrated the return of pro soccer to Tulsa a sellout crowd of 8,335 ...
USA romps in Bosnia-Herzegovina, 5-2     
The U.S. team preparing for Olympic qualifying defeated Bosnia-Herzegovina's under-21 team, 5-2, in a friendly played ...
MLS Week 4: FC Dallas puts its perfect record on line    
FC Dallas, the only remaining unbeaten and untied team in MLS, hosts the 2014 Supporters' Shield ...
Berti's back: 'Der Terrier' moves to U.S. sidelines    
Berti Vogts, who is responsible for Jurgen Klinsmann getting his job as German national team coach ...
USL Week 2: Finley joins Independence movement    
All 24 USL teams are in action this week as 10 of the 13 new teams ...
What They're Saying: Jason Kreis    
"It's impossible for me to say, but I really had expected Mix to go. I think ...
Road to Russia: Barbados ends USVI dream    
Barbados made amends for a shock 1-0 loss at home during which it had two penalty ...
MLS Trade Central: Timbers sign Ghanaian winger    
The Portland Timbers have acquired winger Ishmael Yartey on loan from French Ligue 2 club Sochaux. ...
What They're Saying: Landon Donovan    
"It was the first time in my life that I had not made a team, that ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives