February 13, 2018 / 4:00 AM / 7 months ago

Veteran defender Boswell announces retirement

Veteran defender Bobby Boswell announced his retirement Monday following 13 MLS seasons.

Boswell, 34, went undrafted out of Florida International. He earned a contract with D.C. United and then entered the starting lineup as a rookie in 2005. He was a key part of the United teams that won the Supporters’ Shield in 2006 and ‘07, and was named the MLS Defender of the Year and earned Best XI honors in ‘06.

Boswell was traded to the Houston Dynamo in 2008 and played for the Orange until returning to D.C. in 2014. He was traded to the Atlanta United midseason in 2017, but made only one appearance for the expansion Five Stripes.

Boswell finishes his MLS career with 19 goals and 13 assists in 366 regular-season matches, including 360 starts and a total of 32,222 minutes. He also appeared in 30 postseason matches.

“It’s been a hell of a ride,” Boswell tweeted. “From my family to yours, thanks for the support along the way. We have moved back to Houston & started the next chapter of our lives. I am retired from playing professional soccer.

Boswell also earned three international caps for the U.S. men’s national team.

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