New England's Steve Ralston is set to announce his retirement on Tuesday.
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Ralston set to announce retirement

New England Revolution veteran Steve Ralston will announce his retirement on Tuesday, ending a career that dates back to the inaugural days of Major League Soccer.

The MLS original is expected to make the announcement following the Revolution’s SuperLiga matchup against Morelia at Gillette Stadium.

Ralston, 36, is widely considered one of the best right-sided midfielders in MLS history, and holds league records for assists, minutes played, career starts and career appearances. He also played for the Revs in all of the club’s four MLS Cup appearances (2002, 2005, 2006, 2007).

He spent much of the first half of the season with his hometown club AC St. Louis, a USSF D2 team that struggled with financial problems this spring. The club eventually allowed Ralston to negotiate a return to the Revolution, and Ralston officially inked a new to deal to rejoin the Revs in early June.

Ralston, however, did not compete in any league games this season and did not play in either of the Revs’ SuperLiga matches last week.