MLS: Kennedy retires, moves into Galaxy front office

After a dozen years in pro soccer, goalkeeper Dan Kennedy has taken off the gloves for good.

Kennedy, 34, announced Tuesday that he’s decided to end a professional career that started in 2005 with Puerto Rico Islanders and took him to Chile as well as four MLS teams. In 163 appearances for the MetroStars, Chivas USA, FC Dallas and the Galaxy he registered 485 saves, posted 33 shutouts, and compiled a 1.52 goals-against average.

He will work full-time in the Galaxy front office with its youth development programs and as analyst for radio broadcasts of Galaxy and Galaxy II games.

“I am incredibly grateful to have spent 10 years playing in Major League Soccer,” said Kennedy. “There are countless people -- my teammates, coaches, fans and family-- that have been deeply influential in my career and that have helped me forge some of the best memories of my life. I want to especially recognize my parents, my sister, my wife Stephanie and my son Archer, who have been unwavering with their support. I will walk away from my playing career proud of the time I spent in this league and how far it has come. I am excited to take this next step in my career with the LA Galaxy as I walk away from my time on the field.”

The Southern California native (Fullerton, Calif.) school records at UC Santa Barbara for shutouts (34) and victories (63). With Kennedy in the nets the Gauchos reached their first College Cup final in 2004, which they lost at Home Depot (now StubHub Center) to Indiana on penalty kicks, 3-2, after extra time ended 1-1.

Kennedy was an MLS All-Star in 2012 while a member of Chivas USA, for which he played from 2008 to 2014 and set many team records, including games played (144), saves (451), and shutouts (28). After MLS terminated the Chivas USA franchise, he was selected by FC Dallas in a Dispersal Draft and during the 2015 season played 16 games, made 30 saves, logged five shutouts, and posted a goals-allowed average of 1.19.

In December, 2015, the Galaxy acquired him in a trade and last season he played three games (two starts).
1 comment about "MLS: Kennedy retires, moves into Galaxy front office".
  1. Craig Cummings, April 12, 2017 at 10:26 p.m.

    Good job by another orange county Ca soccer player.

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