International Football - Lewis to retire at end of season

Thu, 21 Oct 13:42:00 2010

Former United States international midfielder Eddie Lewis has said he plans to retire from the game at the end of this season.

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The 36-year-old, who represented the US at the World Cup in 2002 and 2006, is in his third season with Los Angeles Galaxy, having previously played for English clubs Fulham, Preston North End, Leeds United and Derby County.

"I'm so proud to have been able to have had the experiences that the sport of soccer has afforded me," Lewis said in a statement issued by the Galaxy.

"I have played in two World Cups, in one of the world's biggest leagues and so much more, but more importantly, along the way I have been able to do things that I never otherwise would have."

Galaxy general manager and head coach Bruce Arena paid a glowing tribute to Lewis, who scored 10 goals for his country in 82 appearances.

"Eddie Lewis is arguably the finest left-sided midfielder in the history of US soccer," Arena said. "His play in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, MLS (Major League Soccer) and English football secures his place in the Hall of Fame."

Lewis began his MLS career with the San Jose Clash in 1996 and stayed with the club until the end of the 1999 season before signing with Fulham. He then played in Britain for nearly nine years before joining the Galaxy in August 2008.

Reuters

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