TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Retirement
Two days after fellow defender Brandon Vincent surprisingly announced his retirement from professional soccer, the Chicago Fire tweeted on Thursday that Christian Dean has also opted to hang up his boots.
.@christiandean22 has announced that he will retire from professional soccer. Wishing you all the best in your next endeavors, Christian.— Chicago Fire (@ChicagoFire) November 1, 2018
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The 25-year-old played sparingly for Chicago since arriving from the Vancouver Whitecaps in a trade on August 9, 2017. The left-footed center back started four of the five matches he appeared in over the course of two injury-plagued seasons with the Fire.
“It’s unfortunate that Christian suffered so many injuries that kept him from realizing his potential,” Chicago Fire president and general manager Nelson Rodriguez said in a statement. “He is a good man and we wish him success and happiness in his next endeavors.”
On Instagram, Dean thanked friends and family for their support over the course of a five-year professional career.
Saw this picture and decide that it was time to try the @NFL The weight room has been great. Well this is it, announcing my retirement and it’s tough. Thank you to my family and friends for the past 5 years and I owe you everything. Thank you to the fans that have supported me, love you all. #realworld 👔 sorry didn’t have a lot of game photos... freeing up the salary cap #yam