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Former U.S. national team striker Josh Wolff announces retirement

Former U.S. national team striker Josh Wolff announces retirement

Ned Dishman

Wolff played in 267 regular season games (210 starts) in his MLS career, scoring 80 goals and adding 49 assists.

Former U.S. national team striker Josh Wolff has announced his retirement, and will join the D.C. United coaching staff full-time after spending the 2012 season as a player/coach.

Wolff, 35, spent the final two seasons of his career with D.C. United after beginning his professional journey in 1998 with the Chicago Fire.

“It’s been a fun ride and I have had a lot of great experiences over the years in the league, abroad, and with the national team,” Wolff said.

Wolff played for Chicago until 2003, when he joined the Kansas City Wizards. He departed MLS in 2006 and joined 1860 Munich, making 34 appearances and scoring twice for the German second-division side before returning to MLS with Kansas City in 2008.

Internationally, Wolff was a big part of the U.S. national team picture for the first half of the last decade. He made 52 appearances for the Stars and Stripes, scoring nine goals and adding five assists. He was a member of the 2002 and 2006 World Cup teams, teaming up with current D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen on the 2006 squad.

“I was lucky enough to play alongside Josh since we were teenagers and we were able to share some incredible experiences, playing in the Olympics and a World Cup as teammates,” Olsen said.

“He had a wonderful career both for the national team and in MLS and I consider him one of my oldest friends. I am extremely excited that he’s joining our staff full-time. He brings a fresh perspective that will continue to help both this club and me.”

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