Schmid’s MLS Cup ‘keeper retires
After nine seasons in Major League Soccer, former Columbus Crew and Kansas City Wizards goalkeeper Will Hesmer announced his retirement this week after missing the entire 2012 season while recovering from hip surgery.
In his six seasons with the Crew, two came after he was acquired in an off-season trade by current Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid, who brought Hesmer to Columbus after using five different goalkeepers the previous year. In his second year under the helm of Schmid, Hesmer and the Crew won MLS Cup.
“Will was an important part for us in Columbus. We were able to trade and bring him in and he was very strong for us in Columbus and helped us win MLS Cup,” Schmid said. “He’s a guy that has always looked beyond the soccer field and I know there are opportunities that he wants to participate in and I wish him nothing but the best.”
In his career, Hesmer started 133 games, posting 42 shutouts and a 1.21 goals against average while compiling a record of 60-40-33.
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