Eddie Johnson confirms retirement after sitting out 2015 campaign

The longtime U.S. national team forward has confirmed his retirement after not playing for D.C. United this season because of a heart ailment.

Nearly a year after last suiting up for a match, Eddie Johnson is officially stepping away from the beautiful game.

The longtime U.S. national team forward, who played at the 2006 World Cup, has announced his retirement after sitting out the entire 2015 MLS campaign with D.C. United because of a heart ailment.

Johnson has been away from the club for most of the season and was removed from the MLS Players Union salary list over the summer, with the formal announcement of his retirement long considered a formality. He last played in November 2014, in the second leg of United's Eastern Conference semifinal against the New York Red Bulls.

The 31-year-old scored 19 goals in 63 caps with the U.S. from 2004 to 2014. Johnson famously recorded the game-winning goal in the 2-0 victory over Mexico in September 2013 that clinched qualification for the 2014 World Cup, though he did not make the 30-man preliminary roster for the tournament.

The Florida native scored 71 goals over 10 MLS seasons with Dallas, Kansas City, Seattle and D.C. United, and also played in Europe for Fulham, Cardiff City, Aris and Preston North End.