D.C. United left back Taylor Kemp announced his retirement on Wednesday, calling time on a career that included a US men's national team call-up and 101 appearances (95 starts) over six years in Major League Soccer.
Hanging them up. pic.twitter.com/pQeMdBb8xx— Taylor Kemp (@Tkemp02) November 7, 2018
Kemp, 28, was D.C.’s starting left back from 2015-17 and earned a spot in the USMNT’s January camp last year, but struggled to move past a litany of injuries in recent months, including issues that required hip and hernia surgery, and did not take the field in 2018.
"We want to thank Taylor for his years of commitment to the club and for being a model professional throughout the course of his career,” said United GM and VP of Soccer Operations Dave Kasper in a statement. “We wish Taylor the best of luck in the next chapter of his life."
The University of Maryland product finishes with three goals and 14 assists in regular-season play and six appearances with one goal and one assist in the MLS Cup Playoffs.
Kemp revealed his decision via Twitter, and subsequently added that he’s currently making the traditional Camino de Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage from southern France to northwestern Spain:
And if you’re wondering what I’m doing now—currently in Paris about to set out on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. A 6 week, 500 mile, pilgrimage from southern France to the northwest corner of Spain. Follow along ➡️ @OPPilgrim pic.twitter.com/WCucR77HvP— Taylor Kemp (@Tkemp02) November 7, 2018