You think they love Jack Jewsbury in Portland?
After the Timbers' first MLS captain announced his retirement on Sunday night, effective at the end of the 2016 season, soccer observers and fans alike took to Twitter to declare their regard for the veteran midfielder.
Here's a small sampling of the outpouring:
The 35-year-old Jewsbury played from 2003-10 with the then-Kansas City Wizards, winning the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with them in 2004. He was traded to Portland before the Timbers' inaugural season in 2011, and last season celebrated the club's first MLS Cup title. He will retire as one of only three players in MLS history to record more than 150 appearances with two different teams.
Jewsbury's old club, and his teammates from his days in Kansas City (many of whom also played against him later in their careers), joined in Monday's lovefest as well.
And as you might have guessed, Jewsbury is just as fond of the people who have cheered him on over the years as they are of him.
Thanks to everyone who has been a part of my career - it has been an amazing ride! pic.twitter.com/gxXDTlHX2F— Jack Jewsbury (@JewsburyJ) September 19, 2016