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By FRANCO PANIZO
We've seen the last of Santino Quaranta as a professional soccer player.
Quaranta has called it a career after 11 seasons in MLS, according to the Washington Post. Feeling that there's nothing left to accomplish, Quaranta ends his time as a player with 27 goals and 29 assists in 180 MLS matches and 15 caps and one goal for the U.S. men's national team. He is expected to work full-time with a youth club that he founded while also assisting with the substance abuse program that helped rehabilitate him from his own addiction.
The 27-year-old was set to become one of the more intriguing names available in the MLS Re-Entry draft after D.C. United opted not to exercise his option, but he decided to retire despite reported interest from five other teams in the league.
In his final season, Quaranta started in 10 of the 21 league games he played in and scored one goal while notching four assists.
Here are a few more MLS notes from Monday:
MULLAN AGREES TO NEW DEAL
The Colorado Rapids and midfielder Brian Mullan have reportedly agreed to a new multi-year deal, though terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The 33-year-old midfielder endured a topsy-turvy 2011 season, having to serve a 10-game suspension and pay a $5,000 fine for a malicious tackle that broke the leg of Seattle Sounders winger Steve Zakuani. Mullan played in 25 league games this year.
WHITECAPS MAKE SEVERAL TRANSACTIONS
The Vancouver Whitecaps were busy on Monday morning, as the club announced several offseason moves. Vancouver re-signed midfielder John Thorrington and goalkeeper Joe Cannon, while trading goalkeeper Jay Nolly to the Chicago Fire in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft.
What is your best memory of Quaranta's career? What do you think of Mullan agreeing to a new deal with the Rapids? What do you make of the Whitecaps' moves?
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