Confirming a development that long had been assumed, D.C. United on Wednesday announced forward Josh Wolff will retire and become a full-time assistant coach after serving as a player-coach in 2012.
Wolff, 35, enjoyed a 14-year career that also included stints with the Chicago Fire, Kansas City Wizards and German side 1860 Munich, as well as appearances representing the U.S. at the 2000 Olympics and 2002 and 2006 World Cups.
The Georgia native recorded 80 goals in 301 MLS appearances and nine tallies in 52 caps with the U.S. national team. Acquired through the re-entry draft in December 2010, Wolff notched five goals in 30 appearances (23 starts) last year. Fighting through injuries and increased competition up top, he played in just nine matches this past season.
“It’s been a fun ride and I have had a lot of great experiences over the years,” Wolff said in a statement. ”Though I’m excited to take the next step in my career and to be joining such a great technical staff, I’m most excited to build upon what we did this past season as a group.”
Added coach Ben Olsen: ”I was lucky enough to play alongside Josh since we were teenagers and we were able to share some incredible experiences, playing in the Olympics and a World Cup as teammates. He had a wonderful career both for the national team and in MLS and I consider him one of my oldest friends. I am extremely excited that he’s joining our staff full-time. He brings a fresh perspective that will continue to help both this club and me.”