Dynamo's Robinson officially retires, joins front office

After 11 seasons in Major League Soccer, Houston Dynamo defender Eddie Robinson is trading in his cleats for business attire.

Robinson announced his retirement on Wednesday, while also revealing that he had accepted a front office position with the Dynamo. A winner of four MLS Cups, the former Houston and San Jose stalwart will assist with the Dynamo Academy, taking the reins of the club’s U-16 side in the fall, as well as providing color commentary for TV and radio broadcasts and serving as an ambassador in the community for Dynamo Charities.

“I am excited,” Robinson said in a statement. “This move brings a whole new set of challenges for me. I care a lot about this organization and I want to see it succeed. I am now in a position to help the organization grow from a different standpoint.”

Robinson, 33, started his career with the Earthquakes before moving to Houston with the club in 2006. With the Dynamo, the rugged center back played in 96 regular-season matches and nine playoff contests, winning MLS Cups in 2006 and 2007. He was a part of San Jose’s championship sides in 2001 and 2003 as well.

He was also a member of the MLS All-Star team in 2006 and was a MLS Best XI selection in 2007. The Greensboro, N.C., native started two games for Houston in 2011 and made most of his contributions for the Dynamo Reserves, starting nine games and captaining the team to a second-place finish in their division.

“I am extremely pleased to have Eddie join us in the front office after an illustrious playing career.” Dynamo president Chris Canetti said. “He was an integral part of our team’s success and he will bring a lot of value to what we are trying to do as a club moving forward.”