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Colorado Rapids defender Drew Moor announces retirement

Colorado Rapids defender Drew Moor has announced his plans to retire at the end of the 2022 MLS season.

The 38-year-old has spent 18 seasons as an MLS player, 10 of which have been with the Rapids. Moor has also represented FC Dallas and Toronto FC, lifting two MLS Cups, a Supporters’ Shield, and three Canadian Championship titles.

Across his career, Moor has clocked up an impressive 434 MLS appearances.

“This is a decision that I’ve been thinking about for the last couple of months now, and although I’ve been emotional about it at times, I think it’s time for me to step into the next part of my life and my career,” said Moor.

“As I look back on my career, there are a countless number of people that I would like to thank – my wife and family in particular, along with the Rapids for believing in me and giving me an opportunity twice over the course of my career, and especially Pádraig Smith, Wayne Brant, Robin [Fraser] and his coaching staff and all of my teammates.”

Club form aside, Moor – who was an MLS All-Star in 2015 – was capped five times with the United States Men’s National Team and was part of their squad that played in the 2007 Copa America.

“Few players have meant as much to this club as Drew has,” said Colorado executive vice president & general manager Smith. “On the field, Drew was an incredibly smart, determined and talented player.

“Off the field, his leadership, professionalism and passion for our club shone through, but what makes Drew such an emblematic figure above all else are his human qualities – his character, genuineness and the positive manner in which he conducts himself and treats others. We couldn’t be prouder to have called him a Rapid for so long and are grateful to him for the incredible legacy in Burgundy he leaves behind.”

Moor originally joined the Rapids in 2009 but spent three years with Toronto FC between 2016 and 2019 before rejoining Colorado. While north of the border, the defender worked with current Rapids head coach Robin Fraser, who was working as an assistant at TFC.

“It has been one of the great pleasures of my coaching career to cross paths with Drew,” said Fraser. “He is one of the best professionals and one of the best people I have ever met.

“I cherished my time with him in Toronto and I am so grateful that he decided to come to Colorado once again. He is one of the best teammates I’ve ever come across and one of the great central defenders in this league’s history. He will be sorely missed.”

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