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Califf calls it a career

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Danny Califf’s Toronto FC career saw him play just four games for the club.

The veteran defender announced his retirement Friday, calling time on a career that saw him earn 23 caps for the U.S. national team. Califf, was one of MLS’ best defenders in the early 2000s, then took his career to Denmark. In 2010 he returned to MLS to be part of the new Philadelphia Union franchise but was later squeezed out of the regular lineup by then-coach Peter Nowak.

In 2012, he was sent to Chivas USA, but ended up being available in the off-season waiver draft, where TFC selected him.

Danny Califf

Califf only appeared in four games this season,a total of 354 minutes, and will join TFC’s scouting staff.

“Today, I am announcing my retirement from soccer. It is a very emotional day for me. My family has moved around the world to watch me play the sport I love. Now, I get to watch my three kids play the same sport that has given me so much,” said Califf in a release issued by TFC. “Thanks to my family and friends for their love and support. Also to my teammates, and to my fans, the people who really make playing worth it.”

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One Comment

  1. footy

    July 13, 2013 at 8:46 am

    That was to be expected, even though 33 really isn’t that old. Nelsen obviously wasn’t going to play him and now they can create more cap space while keeping him under contract as a scout. Good for all parties IMO.

    On a slightly different note: TFC acquired a NASL-player on loan. It seems that the MLS teams are scouting the NASL for talent. Now it’s a loan deal (for now) but if they like the fullback they might have to buy off his contract at Silverbacks (don’t know his contract-situation but it might happen).

    I’m not sure if I had the discussion here, but on a statement by the NASL they say that Chris Klute’s contract has been bought off by the Rapids. So there you have it, MLS teams paying for NASL-players is starting. That gives incentive to commit (talented) players to long-term contracts (long-term means a year of 3, maybe 4), cause you know you could be getting paid someday.

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