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.