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San Jose Earthquakes legend Shea Salinas to retire after 2022 MLS season

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San Jose Earthquakes legend Shea Salinas is ready to retire from skilled soccer on the finish of the 2022 MLS season, the membership have introduced.

Salinas, 36, has loved a 15-year profession in Main League Soccer that features 13 years with the Quakes, in addition to spells with the Vancouver Whitecaps and Philadelphia Union.

The veteran winger ranks tenth for all-time MLS appearances (374) whereas he is performed 350 instances for the Quakes throughout all competitions, scoring 22 targets and offering 50 assists.

“I’m so grateful for the 15 years I bought to play skilled soccer. It was 15 extra years than I had ever anticipated. I’m grateful for the entire items, alternatives, and folks God put in my life to make this occur and to form me alongside the best way,” stated Salinas. 

“I wish to particularly thank the San Jose Earthquakes membership, followers, group, and my teammates which have supported and inspired me so effectively alongside the best way. Lastly, this journey has solely been attainable as a result of I get to share it with my wonderful spouse and household. I’m excited to see the place God will use me subsequent.”

Salinas was the fifteenth general decide within the 2008 MLS SuperDraft and spent one full 12 months with the Quakes earlier than occurring to characterize the Union and Whitecaps. He then returned to San Jose in 2012 and has remained with the membership ever since, serving to them win one Supporters’ Protect title whereas reaching the MLS Cup Playoffs 3 times.

“Few gamers in Main League Soccer historical past have made the lasting impression that Shea Salinas has,” normal supervisor Chris Leitch stated in a membership press launch. “The longevity, sturdiness, and consistency he has displayed over his 15 seasons in MLS is exceptional. Much more necessary is the constructive perspective with which he impacted each locker room he was part of, and the will he needed to give again to our area people. We’re proud that Shea was a member of our membership for 13 seasons.”   

The Quakes at the moment sit backside of the Western Convention and have already been eradicated from post-season rivalry. Salinas’ remaining two alternatives to characterize the membership come at residence to Minnesota United this weekend and away on the Seattle Sounders on October 9.

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