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Andy Williams ends his playing career

The man who etched No. 77 into the hearts and minds of Utah soccer fans will wear that number no longer. Midfielder Andy Williams announced Monday his 14-year professional career, which since 2005 had based him in Salt Lake City, is over.

His contract expired at the end of the 2011 season, RSL declined to offer him a suitable new deal, and after being passed over in the MLS Re-Entry Draft he elected to start the next phase of his life. He will work for the team as a scout and continue to live in the city that rallied behind him and his family when his wife, Marcia, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in 2008.

“I thought it was going to push it one more year," said Williams in announcing his decision. "It didn’t fall the way that I expected and I decided to take a different route."

Williams, 34, played 332 games in his MLS career, registering 30 goals and 86 assists. During his seven years with Real Salt Lake, he played in 189 league games with 14 goals and 29 assists. Before settling in Salt Lake City he played for five teams -- Columbus, Miami, New England (twice), MetroStars and Chicago -- in seven seasons.

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