Revs' Moore bids farewell to soccer
New England Revolution forward Joe-Max Moore announced
his retirement from professional soccer on Thursday after a stellar career during
which he played in three World Cups and used his star power to help
establish Major League Soccer as an enduring presence on the American sports
scene. Moore ends his career as the Revolution's all-time leading scorer
with 117 points (41G, 35A).
Moore, 33, had reconstructive surgery on the medial collateral ligament
(MCL) in his right knee last Friday, January 21. Revolution team physician
Bertram Zarins performed the procedure at Massachusetts General Hospital.
"After numerous attempts to strengthen and stabilize my knee through rehab,
it became clear that I had no alternative but to have reconstructive
surgery. Considering my age and the recovery time necessary, I have decided
to end my playing career," Moore wrote in a letter to fans and the soccer
community. "I move forward with peace of mind, knowing that I gave
everything as a player and that every attempt was made to return to the
field. I would like to express my gratitude to Major League Soccer for
allowing me to play professionally in this country and to the New England
Revolution, the Kraft family, and the New England fans for their
"Joe-Max has been an exemplary professional and one of the great stars of
his generation of American soccer players," said Kraft Soccer President
Sunil Gulati. "Joe-Max's name is synonymous with the growth of the sport of
soccer in our country. The Revolution organization wishes Joe-Max as much
success going forward as he's had on the field."
Moore joined the Revolution midway through the 1996 season, during the
inaugural year of MLS. He quickly emerged as a fan favorite with his
skillful play and relentless hustle. After being named the team's MVP in
1996, Moore went on to play parts of six more seasons with New England
(1996-99; 2002-04), again being named team MVP in 1998 and leading the team
in scoring in 1999. From 1999-2001 Moore played for Everton FC of the
English Premier League, making him one of the first American players to earn
a contract in one of the world's top soccer leagues.
Moore, who was twice named an All-America at UCLA, finished his U.S. Men's
National Team career with 100 caps, having appeared in the 1994, 1998 and
2002 World Cup Finals. His total of 24 international goals places him second
all-time in that category for the U.S. No goal scored by Moore for his
country was more vital than the penalty kick he converted on October 7, 2001
at Foxboro Stadium to defeat Jamaica and clinch qualifying for the U.S. in
the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan. Moore also played for the U.S.
Olympic soccer team in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
In addition to his time with the Revolution and Everton, Moore played
professionally with FC Saarbruecken and FC Nürenberg in Germany and Emelec