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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, August 18, 2011
According to numerous reports, former US national team defender Jimmy Conrad will announce his retirement from soccer on Thursday.

Conrad, 34, has played in only two games this season with Chivas USA due to a concussion he suffered on March 26 in a game against Colorado. In 2009, Conrad suffered a serious concussion while playing for the US national team in a Gold Cup game against Panama.

Conrad will walk away from the game with numerous accomplishments and it began in 1997 he lead UCLA to a national championship.

Following his NCAA career with both San Diego State and UCLA, Conrad turned professional but went undrafted by MLS. He played his first professional season with the San Diego Flash in the A-league in 1998.

One year later in 1999, Conrad moved onto the San Jose Earthquakes where he played until 2002 with a brief loan to Lech Poznan in Poland. The eight games he played for Lech Poznan was his only experience playing club soccer in Europe.

In 2001, Conrad enjoyed the most success of his club career with when he anchored San Jose's backline en route to winning the MLS Cup.

From 2003-2010 Conrad played for Kansas City in MLS. In 2004, he was named to the league's Best XI.

Internationally, Conrad finished with 27 caps for the US national team and captained the team two times. He was a member of the 2006 World Cup team and the 2005 Gold Cup winning team. His only international goal was on February 7, 2007 in a 2-0 friendly win over Mexico.
Pierre D.
Saturday September 24, 2011 3:00 pm
Kudos to an All American helping bring US Soccer to a decent international standing. Best wishes fo rthe future Conrad!
Mike E
Saturday September 17, 2011 9:22 am
Now time for Jimmy to get down to base level. Teach children this game and steer them away from the real concussion sports, American Football and Hockey.
Tuesday August 23, 2011 7:20 am
Thanks Jimmy! Great performer whenever called upon. Best of luck with whatever you do next.
Monday August 22, 2011 11:09 pm
Miss his blog, loved his entry when his jaw was broken. Jimmy start writing again!
Paulo D
Monday August 22, 2011 9:26 am
They don't come any better than Conrad...have missed him anchoring our US defense in the last couple of years. Best of luck in your future and hope that you stay involved in Football.

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