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Columbus Crew midfielder Perry Kitchen announces retirement

Jul 9, 2021; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Columbus Crew SC midfielder Perry Kitchen (2) plays the field against FC Cincinnati in the first half at TQL Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Crew midfielder Perry Kitchen has decided to call it a career.

Kitchen, 30, cited a back injury stemming from August 2021 as one of the primary reasons for his decision to retire from professional soccer. The injury resulted in nerve damage in his right leg.

“Over the last 14 months I have tirelessly rehabbed, but my body has not recovered to the level it needs to perform,” Kitchen wrote Wednesday on Twitter. “It is with that, that I announce my retirement from professional soccer.”

Kitchen had 10 goals and 14 assists in 223 career matches (210 starts) with D.C. United (2011-15), Los Angeles Galaxy (2018-20) and Crew (2021-22). He made five appearances for the Crew last season before getting shut down.

Kitchen entered the league as the third overall selection of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft out of Akron.

–Field Level Media