Taylor Mueller Announces Retirement From Professional Soccer

Tacoma Defiance defender Taylor Mueller on Wednesday announced his decision to retire from active soccer. The 33-year-old defender ends a 10-year professional career in the US League Championship with one of the oldest continuously, operating professional soccer clubs in the United States Charleston Battery as well as Tacoma Defiance.

Mueller said, "I cannot say enough about how grateful I am to close my career out with the experiences I have had. The support I have received over the last ten years is overwhelming and extremely humbling.

"Thank you to Charleston for allowing me to make an impact not just on the field but off it as well. No matter what I will always think of the Holy City as a second home. Thank you to the fans, the Regiment, and the club for everything. To the Sounders family, thank you for welcoming me back home with open arms. It’s been a privilege and honor to be a part of such a legendary and successful organization. I’m really looking forward to what’s in store for the future of the club. To my family, I love you all. Thank you for all the support and time you have dedicated over the years to being present, it means the world to me. Thank you again to all who I have come across in my career, it’s made an impact that will last a lifetime."

The native of Kirkland tallied 20,077 minutes in the United States League Championship, becoming the only player in the history of the league to pass 20,000 minutes, a feat he achieved on the last day of the 2021 regular league campaign. He also ends his career with 241 regular-season caps in the Championship, just one shy of the all-time record in the league. The 74 shutouts he featured rank first in the history of the league for an outfield player.

Tacoma Defiance Head Coach Wade Webber said, "Taylor was precisely the sort of professional and leader that we wanted when we signed him prior to the 2020 season.

"In his two years with the club, he consistently demonstrated how a professional trains hard every day and is committed to being a 24/7 athlete. His impact will be felt for years to come as our youngest players carry on his legacy of professionalism, commitment, and fearlessness. It was an honor to work with him."

Before joining Tacoma, he spent eight seasons with the Battery. He ranks first across all of the United States League Championship for caps (200), regular-season minutes amounting to (16,567), and regular-season shutouts (65) with one team, achieving all those records in his time with the Battery. He was voted to the league’s 2017 All-League Team. He was also featured in 14 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup games (10 starts) for a total haul of 1,060 minutes. During his playing time with the Defiance, he played 41 games, making 39 starts, scoring once, and tallying 3,511 minutes.

Sounders FC Director of Player Development Henry Brauner said about Mueller, "First, we want to congratulate Taylor on an incredible professional career. His contribution to the professional game has been immense, and he joins a long line of Seattle players who have represented their community with the utmost integrity, casino games South Africa offer good odds to back the start.

"The mentorship and guidance he provided to our young players have been incredible, bestowing a level of professionalism and responsibility unique to a veteran of his caliber. We were fortunate to have Taylor the person around our young players, and also just as fortunate to have Taylor the player on our team."

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