D.C. United defender Robbie Russell has announced his retirement from professional soccer after a 13-year career in Major League Soccer and across Europe. Russell, 33, plans to enroll in Georgetown University's Pre-Medical Program as the next step in his life.
Russell joined United in 2012, playing in 20 games over the past two seasons with the Black-and-Red. He started 16 games and notched a goal and an assist in the team's playoff victory last fall against the New York Red Bulls.
“It’s been one of those careers that if when I started I knew that was going to happen, I totally wouldn’t have expected it,” Russell said in a press release.
“I’m very happy with my career – so, I’m just looking forward to going back to school, a little bit scared, but it’s really exciting and it’s a lot of fun. I love the guys in D.C. and they will always be a part of my soccer history.”
Russell's coach Ben Olsen is thankful of his veteran leadership as a member of DCU.
“Robbie has had a wonderful career, and we as an organization were lucky to play a small part in it,” Olsen said. “He has helped mold our young players and has left, in a short time, a big imprint on this club.”
D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper wishes Russell luck in his next venture.
“Robbie has had a lengthy and successful professional soccer career, and we are grateful for his contributions to our playoff run last season," Kasper said. "We wish him all the more continued success as he pursues his passion for medicine at Georgetown.”