MLS Moves: Grabavoy will retire at end of current season

One of the durable field players to log more than 300 MLS games will call it quits after his 13th MLS season.

Timbers midfielder Ned Grabavoy, 33, made his decision public on Tuesday. During stints with six teams he’s played 301 games, scored 17 goals, and registered 31 assists. He won MLS Cup titles with the LA Galaxy in 2005 and Real Salt Lake in 2009, and signed with Portland last winter as a free agent. He is one of 39 players in league history to have played at least 300 regular-season games.

“I've put a tremendous amount, physically and mentally, into this sport over a long stretch of years, and as difficult as this decision was, I know in my heart this is the right time for me to step away from the game that I love,” Grabavoy said in a statement. “I feel truly fortunate to have spent 13 seasons with some of the best clubs in Major League Soccer, and having played a role in the growth of this league is something I'm very proud of.”

Grabavoy was the first MLS player signed by Portland as a free agent. He played his 300th MLS game against Colorado Oct. 1. For the Timbers this season he’s played 27 games (nine starts) in all competitions.

“Ned has had a tremendous career where he has won trophies and been a top professional with every team he’s played for,” said Timbers head coach Caleb Porter. “We wish him all the best and know he has a bright future ahead.”

The Joliet, Ill., native came to MLS out of Indiana University, where he finished his three collegiate seasons with the 2003 NCAA Division I title. That same year he represented the U.S. at the FIFA U-20 World Youth Championship.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity to have spent my final season with the Portland Timbers organization, a club I believe is one of the most special and unique in Major League Soccer,” said Grabavoy. “I cannot thank my family enough for their support and the endless sacrifices they've made throughout the years to not only put me in a position to succeed, but provide me the opportunity to enjoy playing the game for as long as I have. Although I'm saying goodbye to the playing phase of my career, I'm excited and eager for the challenges that await me.”
   
1 comment about "MLS Moves: Grabavoy will retire at end of current season".
  1. Bill Wilson, October 19, 2016 at 4:28 p.m.

    A true professional.

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