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D.C. United defender Taylor Kemp announces retirement

Jul 29, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; D.C. United defender Taylor Kemp (2) shoots in the second half against the Minnesota United at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

WASHINGTON, D.C.–D.C. United left back Taylor Kemp announced his retirement from soccer Wednesday on social media. 

“I loved my time playing, but know that it is time to move on,” Kemp wrote. “I’m sad to leave the game that has been part of my life for so long, but am far more excited for what is to come.”

Kemp started all 22 matches he played in 2017 before an injury sidelined him. He underwent hernia surgery in 2017. The injuries continued in 2018 when he underwent labrum hip surgery. 

Drafted 17th overall by United in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft out of the University of Maryland, Kemp started 95 of his 101 games with United. He scored three goals and recorded 14 assists in his six seasons with the club.

“We want to thank Taylor for his years of commitment to the club and for being a model professional throughout the course of his career,”United General Manager Dave Kasper said in a statement released by the club. “We wish Taylor the best of luck in the next chapter of his life.”

Kemp’s next journey is a spiritual one as he sets out on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela — a six-week, 500-mile pilgrimage from southern France to the northwest corner of Spain, according to a later social media post.

Injury plagued United’s outside backs in the 2018 season. In addition to Kemp, defender Oneil Fisher faced a major knee injury in September and underwent surgery for a partially torn ACL, MCL, PCL and medial meniscus.

United acquired Joseph Mora on March 7, 2018 from Costa Rica team Deportivo Saprissa to fill the left back position. Mora started 28 of 30 games this season for United.




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