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The veteran midfielder, who suffered a torn ACL in May, is stepping away from the game after 11 years in MLS.

At just 27 years old but with 11 years in MLS under his belt, Eddie Gaven is calling it a career.

The Columbus Crew announced the midfielder's retirement Thursday, five months after his season ended with a torn ACL. Gaven, who was coming off a career-best nine goals in 2012, entered MLS as a 16-year-old with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars before spending eight seasons in Columbus.

"I realize this may come as a surprise, but it is something I have been contemplating for some time, and after discussing it thoroughly with my family, I know in my heart that now is the right time to start the next chapter in my life," Gaven said in a press release.

A member of the Crew's 2008 MLS Cup championship side, Gaven appeared in 278 regular-season games, compiling 57 goals and 31 assists. The 2004 MLS Best XI selection also made eight appearances for the U.S. national team.

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