Chris Wingert announced his retirement on Monday, and the well-wishes began pouring in immediately. Kyle Beckerman, Mike Petke, Luke Mulholland, and Javier Morales are just a few of those who chimed in, thanking Wingert for his contribution to the team over the years.
Had the absolute privilege to play with and coach this wonderful human being. From my teams ball boy in HS to a better player and pro than I ever was. So proud of you. You will succeed in anything you do in life Chris. Enjoy the next chapter. pic.twitter.com/YJFAqu89tW
— @petkemike (@petkemike) February 19, 2018
I’m grateful to have played so many years together, but I’m even more grateful for our friendship. Can’t wait to see what the next chapter in your life brings. #region1tomlscupchamps pic.twitter.com/20Jr3Ohuhw
— Kyle Beckerman (@KyleBeckerman) February 19, 2018
Congrats on great career Wing! It was a pleasure to share a field and locker room with you. One of the most humble and loyal guys I have ever met in soccer. Best of luck in the future bud!! ⚽⚽ https://t.co/Z7pnhCfy6O
— Javier Morales (@javi_mo11) February 19, 2018
Wingert spent his entire professional career in Major Leagues Soccer, joining the Columbus Crew (2004-2005) after playing college soccer at St. John’s. Following the Crew, Wingert joined the Colorado Rapids (2006-2007), before going to Real Salt Lake, where he appeared in 247 games from 2007-2014 and 2016-2017. Wingert won one Major League Soccer Championship in 2009 with RSL, and had one cap with the U.S. men’s national team.
Chris joined The Bill Riley Show on Tuesday to discuss his decision and his favorite moments from his 14-year professional career.