Real Salt Lake defender Chris Wingert announces his retirement via social media

1 of 10 View 10 Items Spenser Heaps, Deseret News Real Salt Lake defender Chris Wingert (16) celebrates with goalkeeper Jeff Attinella (24) after Wingert scored the winning penalty kick during a U.S. Open Cup game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. SANDY — Longtime Real Salt Lake defender Chris Wingert called it a career Monday, announcing his retirement on Twitter. Wingert played 10 of his 14 Major League Soccer seasons with RSL. That included suiting up for Real from 2007-14, then again from 2016-17. “After 14 years of Major League Soccer, it is time to move on,” Wingert said in his announcement posted on Twitter. “Bittersweet, as you can imagine. On one hand, I am extremely sad to walk away from the game that has seemed to define me (at least at times) up until this point. I literally don’t know a life without soccer. “On the other hand, I am beyond excited for what’s to come! Moving home, spending more time with my family and friends in NY, and helping the next generation of players with their careers.”— Chris Wingert (@wingert17) February 19, 2018 The 35-year-old first joined RSL in 2007 via trade from the Colorado Rapids and played in Salt Lake through 2014. He was selected by New York City FC in the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft and played for FC for one season before RSL claimed him off waivers, and he played for Real the past two seasons. “Thank you… [Read full story]

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