A couple of good-guy Sounders announced their retirements today: Taylor Graham and Terry Boss. Neither retirement seems to register significantly on the Sounders' plans for next season, but both were very good guys, and we wish them all the best from here.
Here are the Sounders press releases:
"We want to thank Taylor for all of his contributions to the Sounders and the Seattle community," said Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid. "He has been a Sounder for many years and will always have a special place in the hearts of our supporters."
"It's always tough to say goodbye to something that I've been doing for so long," said Graham. "I love Seattle and I love the Sounders, but I'm ready for the next step in my life."
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Graham, 31, signed with Sounders FC on January 21, 2009 after spending three seasons (2005, 2007-08) with the USL-1 Sounders. Graham made one league appearance in his three seasons with Seattle and started nine of his 10 appearances across all competitions, logging 822 total minutes. He started four matches during Seattle's three consecutive Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title runs and started five CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage games in 2010.
"I feel really lucky to have had the opportunity to play for both Brian Schmetzer and Adrian Hanauer for six years," said Graham. "They were both instrumental in my growth as a person and my success on the field."
Prior to joining Sounders FC, Graham played four MLS seasons for Kansas City (2003-04) and New York (2006-07), appearing in 34 games. He was a member of the 2005 and 2007 USL-1 Seattle Sounders championship teams. Graham was named USL-1 Defender of the Year in 2005 and first team All-USL-1 in 2005 and 2008. A graduate of Stanford University, Graham was also named the club's Humanitarian of the Year in 2009.
Transaction: Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) - DEF Taylor Graham retired
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Terry Boss, a five-year MLS veteran and the backup goalkeeper for Sounders FC for the past three seasons, has announced his retirement, Seattle Sounders FC announced today,
"We are going to miss Terry," said Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid. "He was a valuable member of the Sounders and it is unfortunate his career has come to a close. We wish him well and good health in his future."
"It has been a great honor and privilege to play for Sounders FC," said Boss. "This has obviously been difficult, but the support I have received from my family, friends, teammates, coaches, front office and fans has been tremendous. From the top down this team has always felt like a family, and needless to say I will never forget the time I spent in Seattle."
Boss, 30, suffered a series of concussions in the 2011 season and was placed on the club's Disabled List on September 9. In his four starts during the 2011 season, Boss helped Seattle advance to the semifinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S Open Cup and earned victories in the first two matches of the CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage, including a historic shutout win in Mexico over reigning champions CF Monterrey.
"I don't know what the future holds, but I do know that I will proudly join the greatest fans in the world by supporting and wishing nothing but the best for the entire Sounders FC family," said Boss.
Boss, an Oregon native, joined Sounders FC on June 26, 2009 after playing for the New York Red Bulls from 2008-09. In his three seasons with Seattle, Boss started eight of nine appearances across all competitions and posted three shutouts. His only MLS appearance was 45 minutes against FC Dallas on April 22, 2010.
Prior to joining Sounders FC, Boss was named USL-2 Goalkeeper of the Year in 2008 while with Charlotte. He also earned eight caps with the Puerto Rico National Team.
Transaction: Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) - GK Terry Boss retired