Josh Wolff retires, joins DCU staff

Josh Wolff retires, joins DCU staff
November 28, 2012, 1:30 pm
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Josh Wolff, left, and Ben Olsen of the United States soccer team stretch during a practice session in Norderstedt, northern Germany, Friday, June 9, 2006.

(AP Photo/Fabian Bimmer)

As anticipated, United forward Josh Wolff announced his retirement today, ending a 14-year professional playing career that included time in the MLS, Germany and with the U.S. Men's National Team.

Wolff's playing days may be behind him, but his career in soccer won't be. The veteran forward will transition to the DCU staff full-time after serving as player/coach during the 2012 season.  

“It’s been a fun ride and I have had a lot of great experiences over the years in the League, abroad, and with the national team,” Wolff said in a team statement. “I’d like to thank everyone for the memories, advice, and direction over the years. Though I’m excited to take the next step in my career and to be joining such a great technical staff, I’m most excited to build upon what we did this past season as a group.”

The 35-year-old got on the field nine times this season before surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back sidelined Wolff in September. During his MLS career, which included stints with Chicago, Kansas City and D.C., Wolff scored 80 goals, 49 assists in 267 games.

“I was lucky enough to play alongside Josh since we were teenagers and we were able to share some incredible experiences, playing in the Olympics and a World Cup as teammates,” said D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen. “He had a wonderful career both for the national team and in MLS and I consider him one of my oldest friends. I am extremely excited that he’s joining our staff full-time. He brings a fresh perspective that will continue to help both this club and me.”

Wolff made the roster for the U.S. Men's National Team in both the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups, where he played alongside DCU head coach Ben Olsen.  Wolff's assist on the Brian McBride goal in the 2002 World Cup in Korea helped stamp the U.S. ticket to the quarterfinal stage.