2010 MLS Retirement class

Discussion in 'MLS: General' started by arkjayback, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. arkjayback

    arkjayback Member

    Mar 29, 2008
    Le Mars, IA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'll probably forget someone because there have been a lot of guys retiring this year. I know MLS has seen the retirement of players with some good pedigrees in the past, but there is a ton of MLS/US experience in this year's group:

    Jaime Moreno
    Brian McBride
    Steve Ralston
    Seth Stammler
    Mike Petke
    Eddie Lewis
    Chris Klein
    Clint Mathis
    Alecko Eskandarian (?) - seriously, how many American players in recent years have had their careers derailed because of head injuries?

    Zac Herold's retirement was also a sad event for different reasons.

    If MLS were like the other big American sports leagues, we'd already be counting down the days until a Hall of Fame class was inducted headed by Clint Mathis, Brian McBride, Steve Ralston, and Jaime Moreno. Damn.

    I'm going to wrap this up like Ives: How does this year's group compare to other years'? What if Berhalter and/or some others join them? Will some of these players stay involved with the sport after their retirement & how may that affect future players. I think Ralston has already joined the coaching ranks.
     
  2. OleGunnar20

    OleGunnar20 Member+

    Dec 7, 2009
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    there's been word that Twellman will finally quit stealing from NER and retire at the end of the season too.
     
  3. yellowbismark

    yellowbismark Member+

    Nov 7, 2000
    San Diego, CA
    Club:
    Club Tijuana
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Damn, that's too bad. If he could have stayed healthy he would be right up there with Moreno and Jeff Cunningham for the goals lead.
     
  4. striker

    striker Member+

    Aug 4, 1999
    I thought Steve Ralston and Alecko Eskandarian retired from MLS already!
     
  5. SUDano

    SUDano Member+

    Jan 18, 2003
    Rochester, NY
    I was thinking the same thing until I remembered Twellman signed for what $30K scored all those goals early and NER wouldn't renegotiate. I think it's payback time.
     
  6. RaveGreen

    RaveGreen Member

    Apr 6, 2009
    Club:
    Seattle Sounders
    Hopefully Pete Vagenas and Tyrone Marshall aren't far behind.

    Isn't CJ Brown going to retire (again)?
     
  7. BakedAlaskan

    BakedAlaskan Member+

    Feb 28, 2002
    Ancho-RAGE,Alaska
    Club:
    TSV 1860 München
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Pretty much. To quote KISS "You Gotta Get All You Can Take"
     
  8. ftruscot

    ftruscot Member

    Feb 20, 2002
    Franklin, MA
    Stealing? Really? Like said before he started scoring lots of goals for almost nothing. The Revs did renegotiate before that deal was through, but that's not the point.

    The man wasn't hurt surfing or doing some other non-soccer-related activity. He was injured in service to the Revs (scoring a goal even). His contract couldn't be broken because he was injured as per CBA and good common sense.

    He's been trying to come back, but so far he hasn't regained health. He did himself more damage by playing for 8 games after the injury and then by coming back too soon the next year. It's not a case of him taking the money with no intent to return to health.

    Yes, it's unfortunate for the Revs that his salary counts against the cap despite his unavailability to play, but that doesn't in any way make him a thief. He signed a contract with the League. He's holding up his end and the League is holding up its end.

    As per the topic, it'll be interesting to see the number of games, goals, assists, etc... retiring from the league this year. There's a lot of league history leaving already with a bit more likely before we're through.
     
  9. JasonMa

    JasonMa Member+

    Mar 20, 2000
    Arvada, CO
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    There's been word that you'll start posting intelligently too, but I'm not holding my breath on either. :rolleyes:
     
  10. BringSoccerToIndy

    May 24, 2008
    1001 West New York Street, Indianapolis, IN
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    How do you retire from a retirement league? You just go back to playing in MLS I guess. Once you join MLS, YOU CAN NEVER LEAVE!
     
  11. RaveGreen

    RaveGreen Member

    Apr 6, 2009
    Club:
    Seattle Sounders
    It's the LOST island and Garber is Benjamin Linus.
     
  12. arkjayback

    arkjayback Member

    Mar 29, 2008
    Le Mars, IA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yep. Looks like C.J. is adding his 13 years to the list.
    Okay . . . Ralston still retired during 2010.

    With Eskandarian, has he ever officially announced it? I know he was trying to come back, but now he has gone back to Virginia, correct?
     
  13. arkjayback

    arkjayback Member

    Mar 29, 2008
    Le Mars, IA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Just remembered another one: John Wolyniec.

    New York and Los Angeles are definitely taking the biggest hits with retirements this season. Chicago is losing a couple of leaders on an already bad team also.
     
  14. arkjayback

    arkjayback Member

    Mar 29, 2008
    Le Mars, IA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Now Taylor Twellman is added to the list.

    Its crazy how much experience and accomplishments MLS is losing in this class.
     
  15. profiled

    profiled Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 7, 2000
    slightly north of a mile high
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    There will be a silver lining if they turn that experience into coaching and help train up future talent.
     
  16. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Keep an eye for Guillermo Barros Schelotto

    Word in South America is that he might be done. Just a rumor right now.
     
  17. metroflip73

    metroflip73 Member

    Mar 3, 2000
    NYC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Seth Stammler also. Is currently pursuing a Master's Degree.
     
  18. eclipse02

    eclipse02 Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    Is it too early to talk about retro Jerseys with this class, Alot of big names in the 00's of MLS.
     
  19. joe cleats

    joe cleats Member

    Jun 17, 2010
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    MLS may not see a retiring class like this for many more years.

    When all is said and done and we find out just how big this class is, I'd love to see how many goals scored, awards, championships, and other stats (World Cup appearances) this class has racked up. Just going by memory, its pretty impressive.

    There was a time within the past decade that this contingent would've made possibly the deadliest core of a team MLS has ever seen.
     
  20. arkjayback

    arkjayback Member

    Mar 29, 2008
    Le Mars, IA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    We can only hope. Those guys have a lot to give to the future of American soccer for so many reasons.
     
  21. arkjayback

    arkjayback Member

    Mar 29, 2008
    Le Mars, IA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I plan on doing a piece after the season to at least try to compare it to other years in MLS.

    I don't know if I'll be able to find all of the information possible though. Hopefully scaryice can help me out a bit.
     
  22. ritsoccer86

    ritsoccer86 Member

    Jul 18, 2005
    I'd def read that. Do you have a blog or a website?

    And Joe Cleats post is fantastics. This class, upon reading it, is impressive. I'd say we won't see a class like this in maybe 7 to 10 years. Maybe more.
     
  23. arkjayback

    arkjayback Member

    Mar 29, 2008
    Le Mars, IA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I've been writing for The Shin Guardian lately. I'll be covering the Columbus match this weekend. I'm not going to hope Columbus loses, but it will be quite something if I end up covering Guillermo Barros Schelotto's final soccer match.
     
  24. The Red Baron

    The Red Baron New Member

    Aug 23, 2010
    Club:
    Toronto FC
    Nick Garcia may be going too....wait, sorry, that's just wishful thinking on the part of 98% of TFC fans....
     
  25. eclipse02

    eclipse02 Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    Well he doesnt have Mo to protect him anymore.
     

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