John Wolyniec announced his retirement from professional soccer today, bringing an end to a 12-year career.
Over three stints with the New York Red Bulls totaling more than seven years, Wolyniec scored 36 goals, including one in the 2008 MLS Cup final.
The striker also played for the Chicago Fire, the New England Revolution, the Columbus Crew, and the Los Angeles Galaxy, but ends his career with the team where he began it. The Staten Island, NY native was drafted in 1999 by the MetroStars, which has since become the Red Bulls.
"Over the last 12 years, I have been able to live my dream of being a professional soccer player and I am so grateful to the individuals who have helped me along the way," Wolyniec said in a press release. "I would not have been able to have such a successful career without the support of family, friends, coaches, teammates and fans. Though I will miss the game, I am looking forward to the new challenges ahead."
New York released Wolyniec earlier in the season, but the 33-year-old couldn't find another club and decided to retire. He will take a position with the Red Bull Academy.
"John has been a wonderful player and ambassador for the club and the league for so many years," said Red Bulls general manager and sporting director Erik Soler. "We hold him in the highest regard and his work ethic and professionalism both on and off the pitch was second to none. We want John to continue to be a part of this club for years to come and we’re excited to give him to opportunity to pass along the values he has to the next generation of players."
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