KENYA BROWN - Thursday, May 16, 2013
DC United defender and one time US men's national team prospect Robbie Russell has called time on his playing career after 13 years.
Born in Accra, Ghana the former Duke Blue Devil was drafted by Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy, but opted to pursue a soccer career in Europe by signing with Icelandic first division side Breidablik in 2000. Russell then moved on to Norway where he signed for Sogndal in the country's Premier Division, becoming one of the best right backs in the league. After more than 100 appearances for the team, perennial powerhouse Rosenberg signed Russell in 2004, helping the Troll Kids to claim its 19th league title.
A knee injury and a change in the coaching staff saw Russell's time at Rosenberg end prematurely and he went on to sign with Danish Superliga side Viborg FF in 2006.
In 2008 the defender signed with MLS side Real Salt Lake where he would become one of the key players in the team's MLS Cup victory in 2009 by scoring the game-winning penalty kick against the Galaxy. After three seasons in Utah, Russell was traded to DC United.
Russell was considered a prospect for the US national team as he was called up several times for camps, but he would never make an appearance.
The 33-year-old will now head to Georgetown University where he plans to attend medical school.