HEJDUK RETIRES FROM SOCCER
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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, April 19, 2012
Former US international Frankie Hejduk officially announced his retirement from soccer today and accepted a job offer to work in the front office for the Columbus Crew.

Hejduk, 37, was capped 85 times by the US national team and was a veteran of the 1998 World Cup team and 2002 World Cup team that advanced to the quarterfinals. His play at left back that year made him one of the best Americans to ever play that position in a major tournament.

Hejduk played in the initial season in MLS with the Tampa Bay Munity but would leave for German in 1998 when he signed with Bayer Leverkusen. At the end of the 1998/1999 season, Hedjuk started most of the games at the end of the season to help the club to a second place finish and a spot in the Champions League.

In 2003, Hejduk returned to MLS where he enjoyed eight strong years with the Columbus Crew. In the 2008 MLS Cup, Hejduk scored on a pass from Guillermo Barros Schelotto to clinch a 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls.

In 2011, Hedjuk signed for the Los Angeles Galaxy but only played six games for the team that would eventually win the title.

A native of La Mesa, California, Hejduk was also part of the 1996 Olympic team and the 2000 Olympic team that advanced to the semifinals.
4bc
Monday April 23, 2012 2:22 am
One of those guys that you could feel come on the pitch and lift the team by his work and presence. Not the most gifted soccer player ever to come out of the US but surely one of the most hardcore. Great player that represented the gritty determination of the US team that put us back on the map in the late 90's/early 2000's.
Julian
Sunday April 22, 2012 7:17 pm
Ahhh good luck Frankie! I loved watching you play at all stages in your career. Never the most technically gifted player but always left everything on the field and truly bled red white and blue.

Also a great guy. I live in Columbus, OH and he was always generous with his time for fans, charity events, etc when he played for the Crew Model pro.
Victor
Sunday April 22, 2012 2:15 pm
True American, his will and desire to fight for our team should be the standard for all players to the team.
Brian
Friday April 20, 2012 12:00 pm
Man Frankie Hejduk...honestly, this guy had the most heart. The greatest memory of him on the pitch was when we were down 2-1 vs el salvador. His goal brought tears to my eyes. The spirit of a warrior. You will be missed. Once a Nat, always a Nat!

-Brian
LEE SHELLEY
Friday April 20, 2012 7:41 am
FRANKIE GOOD LUCK TO YOU,YOU WERE LOVED SO SO MUCH YOUR PASSION,COMITMENT,WAS 2ND TO NONE,YOU ALWAYS HAD TIME FOR EVERY FAN,AND THAT HEADER V GERMANY 98 WC,WHAT IF IT WOULD OF GONE IN???????, FRANKIE THE SURF DUDE WE LOVE U,THANKS FOR MANY HOURS OF PLEASURE,LUV FROM THE UK
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