NEW YORK – A former MLS goalkeeping star officially hung up his boots on Monday, but he will still be very much in position to make league history.
Former Dallas and Columbus netminder Matt Jordan (pictured above, middle) surprisingly announced his retirement at Montreal Impact headquarters following a 13-year career. He will now move into the Impact’s front office as the club prepares for its first MLS expansion season in 2012.
The 35-year-old Jordan will become the new director of soccer operations in Montreal, where he arguably left his most lasting legacy as a player.
"Of all the teams that I have played for in my career, my time here in Montreal has been the most rewarding," Jordan said in a club statement. "I'm extremely proud of what we have been able to accomplish in the last four years.”
[inline_node:327446]As director of soccer operations, Jordan will serve as chief assistant of new sporting director Nick De Santis. He will be responsible for working with the MLS league office on all player personnel matters.
Jordan’s MLS career was off to a promising start when Dallas made him the 10th overall draft pick in 1998.
After biding his time as a rookie, he assumed the starting goalkeeper job in Dallas in 1999, earning an MLS All-Star selection to the tune of a 1.08 goals-against average. Jordan maintained his stranglehold on the position through the 2002 season, after which he tried his luck overseas.
The Denver native eventually returned to MLS, but injuries prevented him from breaking through in Columbus or back in his native Colorado with the Rapids. He mustered only three appearances between 2004 and 2006.
Circumstances led him to move to Montreal, where he played 115 matches for the Impact, including several memorable performances in the CONCACAF Champions League. He won a 2008 Canadian club title and a 2009 USL-1 league championship.
Jordan was expected to once again start in goal for Montreal in the NASL this year after signing a new deal last December. However, his retirement is a clear sign that the Impact are already beginning to focus on their entry to MLS.
"What I really like about Montreal is the idea of building something from the ground up and that's a challenge that's very appealing to me," he told the CBC.