Hartman leaves as one of all-time greats

[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Goalie Kevin Hartman, MLS's all-time leader in regular-season appearances with 416 and the only player to play in more than 400 games, announced his retirement on Thursday.

(Click here for highlights of Hartman's career.)

Hartman was a member of the New York Red Bulls in 2013 but didn't play in a game. The Red Bulls were his fourth club after the LA Galaxy, with which he won two MLS titles (2002 and 2005), Kansas City Wizards and FC Dallas.

His career spanned 17 years during which he also won two MLS Supporters Shields (1998 and 2002), two U.S. Open Cups (2001 and 2005) and one Concacaf Champions Cup (2000) with the Galaxy. The Red Bulls won the Supporters' Shield in 2013.

He was MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and a Best XI selection in 1999, only his third year in the league.



After 10 seasons with the Galaxy, Hartman spent three seasons with Kansas City and three with FC Dallas before signing as a free agent with New York, which needed backup help for its unsettled goalkeeping position.

His bitter contract dispute with Kansas City after the 2009 season -- the club retained his rights even though he wasn’t under contract -- was cited as a need to reform the structure of MLS contracts.

“Kevin deserves to be remembered as one of the all-time greats in Major League Soccer,” said Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke. “Having the opportunity to both compete against him as a player and coach him this season, it is clear to me that Kevin is the ultimate competitor and professional and it was an honor to work with him. I wish him the best of luck in the next stage of his career.”

All-Time MLS Appearances:
GP PLAYER
416 *Kevin Hartman
378 Steve Ralston
365 Jeff Cunningham
346 *Nick Rimando
342 *Joe Cannon
340 Jaime Moreno
337 Tyrone Marshall
334 *Pablo Mastroeni
333 Chris Klein
332 Andy Williams
325 *Kyle Beckerman
324 *Dwayne De Rosario
323 *Brian Mullan
321 Jesse Marsch
317 Chris Henderson
315 Carey Talley
314 Jay Heaps
313 *Brad Davis
307 Mike Petke
307 *Ramiro Corrales
306 Cobi Jones
305 Jason Kreis
303 *Landon Donovan
301 *Brian Carroll
*Active in 2013.
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