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Whitecaps to honour Lee on final matchday of the MLS season


Vancouver Whitecaps supporters will get the chance to bid farewell to Korean fullback in Sunday’s MLS regular-season finale at BC Place.

Lee announced his impending retirement on Tuesday.

Lee was the Whitecaps’ player of the year of 2012. He has a goal and 10 assists in 64 MLS games since he joined the Whitecaps before the 2012 season.

The team will honour the right back before its match against the Colorado Rapids, the same team that eliminated the Whitecaps’ from the playoff race last weekend.

“It will be the most memorable game in my life,” Lee said in a release issued by the Whitecaps. “I’m a happy guy. I learned so many things throughout my career, much more than I had expected when I was young. It is a great time to finish with a great team and great people. I deeply appreciate our fans, my teammates, and all of the staff in the club. I’m sure Vancouver Whitecaps FC will remain in my mind as my team forever.”

Most memorable game in his life? That’s saying something. Lee appeared in three World Cups with South Korea, and has 127 caps, good for third all-time in his country’s history. He’s played in the Champions League. He’s won Dutch league titles.

But the fact that the game has become a bit of a tribute to Lee at least gives it some meaning to Whitecaps fans, rather than simply making BC Place a destination to discuss whether or not coach Martin Rennie will be back in 2014.

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One Comment

  1. footy

    October 23, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Great of the Caps to do this. I know from his time at PSV where he always was one of Guus Hiddink;s favorites. A fantastic fullback, in his prime probably one of the greatest ever at that position and an amiable person as well.

    If he is serious about the Whitecaps, they should offer him a position within the organisation. A real class act.

    The thing is, just like Nesta, I can’t help but think that he went on one year too long. Chasing mediocre Colorado Rapids-players is not the way people should remember him.

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