Santino Quaranta of D.C. United will retire from the MLS and professional soccer, according to a report by Steven Goff of The Washington Post. Goff broke the news via Twitter, saying Quaranta will now work full-time with a youth program he helped create and with a substance abuse program as well.
Quaranta, 27, is from Baltimore, but his soccer career has taken him all around the world. He was the eighth overall pick in the 2001 MLS draft by DCU and became the youngest player to ever play in the league at 16 years, 4 months.
Quaranta has also played for the Los Angeles Galaxy and New York Red Bulls, as well as the U.S. national team. He was a member of the U.S. under-17, under-20, and won a CONCACAF Gold Cup with the men's team in 2005. Quaranta was also a champion of the MLS with United in 2004.