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Kevin Goldthwaite Has Officially Retired

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TORONTO, CANADA - MARCH 26:  Demitrius Omphroy #2 of Toronto FC battles for the ball with Kevin Goldthwaite #2 of Portland Timbers during MLS action at BMO Field March 26, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - MARCH 26: Demitrius Omphroy #2 of Toronto FC battles for the ball with Kevin Goldthwaite #2 of Portland Timbers during MLS action at BMO Field March 26, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
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Got some sad news for everybody (and yes it is sad!) as Timbers center back defender, Kevin Goldthwaite, has announced his retirement from the game today. While some of you might rejoice that he is no longer a Timbers player many of us will remember some of his other contributions to the team including a goal scored this past season.

It's also worth noting Goldthwaite's unique history with the Timbers organization coming in 2005 on loan as a rookie and then coming back in 2010 to help shore up the defensive backline for the Timbers final year in the USL.

"After a long, unbelievable journey, I have decided to call it a career," said Goldthwaite. "I am happy that when I look back on my career, I have zero regrets. I would like to thank all the fans in Portland and all the other cities I was lucky enough to play in for everything they have done in supporting me and my teammates."

It's not said why he retired exactly, but if I had to wager a guess it would be due to his most recent injuries. Kevin has always been a been injury prone having missed most of the 2009 season and much of 2010. Then, earlier this year against the Chicago Fire, Goldthwaite suffered a season ending knee injury.

So best of luck to Goldthwaite. Here's hoping he can rebound and find some way to stay connected to the game either with the Timbers organization or not.