Chicago Fire midfielder Logan Pause announced Friday that he will retire at the end of the season.
Pause, 33, has spent his entire career with the Fire after Chicago selected him in third round of the 2003 MLS SuperDraft. His 12 seasons with the team is tied for the second-longest continuous tenure with one team in MLS history, behind current Fire assistant coach C.J. Brown's 13 seasons with Chicago.
From Pause's statement:
“It’s with joy and humility that I announce this season will be my last as a professional soccer player,” said Pause. “I’m leaving the game and this profession with gratitude and joy to these gentleman sitting next to me, this wonderful club, this fantastic city, wonderful teammates past and present. The last 12 years I’ve been given some of the most amazing life giving experiences."
Pause has helped lead the Fire to seven playoff appearances, including four conference finals appearances and one MLS Cup final. He has also earned nine caps with the U.S. men's national team.
Pause played collegiately at North Carolina, where he helped the team to the 2001 national championship.
The Fire are currently in eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 29 points.
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