BY ADAM SERRANO
The Los Angeles Galaxy announced on Tuesday afternoon that midfielder Clint Mathis would be retiring after the club's friendly with Real Madrid on August 7th.
"It has been an amazing and exciting ride, full of moments and people that will stay with me forever," said Mathis in a press release. "I cannot thank everyone who has been a part of this journey with me enough for all that you have done to help me enjoy such a fulfilling life in the sport of soccer.”
The 33-year-old midfielder ends a career in which he spent time with the Galaxy and the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, Real Salt Lake, Colorado Rapids and the New York Red Bulls.
In his 11 year MLS career, Mathis scored 61 goals in the regular season and 18 goals in the post season to go with one MLS Cup championship with Real Salt Lake in 2009.
Mathis has battled several injuries this season with Los Angeles, making only nine appearances for the club so far this season.
In addition to MLS, the midfielder also played in Europe with Hanover 96 in the German Bundesliga and Ergotelis of the Greek Super League. Mathis was also a significant member of the US National Team in World Cup 2002 scoring in the team's 1-1 draw with South Korea. He ended his national team career scoring 12 goals in 46 appearances.