Jack Jewsbury announces retirement at end of 2016 season

The veteran midfielder will call time on a 14-year MLS career at the end of the current campaign.

Portland Timbers midfielder Jack Jewsbury has announced that he will retire at the end of the 2016 season.

Jewsbury, 35, will call it quits at the end of his 14th professional season.

“It has been an honor to represent MLS during my 14 seasons," Jewsbury said at a club banquet Sunday night. "I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to play for two first-class organizations and fan bases that have taken this league and the sport in our country to the next level."

Jewsbury is one of just 38 players to appear in 300 career games or more in MLS, and one of just three players in MLS history to play 150 or more games with two different clubs in the league.

The Missouri native was drafted 43rd overall in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft by the-then Kansas City Wizards. He spent eight seasons in Kansas City before the Timbers acquired him prior to their inaugural MLS season in 2011.

“Throughout Jack’s career, he has exemplified professionalism and what it means to be a Timbers player,” Portland general manager Gavin Wilkinson said in a club release. “Since joining the Timbers in 2011, Jack has proved to be a phenomenal addition to this club, as he’s played an instrumental role in its growth from an expansion team into an MLS Cup champion five years later."