Veteran MLS goalkeeper Kevin Hartman retires

Record-setting MLS goalkeeper Kevin Hartman retired Thursday after a 17-season career.
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HARRISON, N.J. (AP) - Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman has announced his retirement after 17 years in Major League Soccer.

Hartman spent the majority of his career with the Los Angeles Galaxy from 1997-2006, where he won the MLS Cup in 2002 and 2005. He played for Kansas City from 2007-2009, spent three seasons at FC Dallas and was a backup this past season for the New York Red Bulls, though he did not make any league appearances.

Hartman says ''it was a privilege to have this dream job and watch soccer and the league grow by leaps and bounds'' in a statement released by the Red Bulls.

The five-time All-Star is the only player to start and appear in more than 400 regular season MLS games. Of his 416 appearances, all but five were starts.

He retires with a career record of 180-143-89, with the wins being the most of any MLS goalkeeper in the league's history. The former UCLA player also made five appearances for the U.S. national team, and he holds the MLS record for career saves (1,474), shutouts (112) and minutes played (37,260).

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