LA Galaxy forward Clint Mathis has announced that this weekend’s friendly against Real Madrid will be the former USA national team player’s last match of his organized soccer career. The popular MLS man has suffered several knee injuries in the last few seasons and remaining fit on a weekly basis has become a challenge for the thirty three year old.
And Mathis will likely be remembered more for his potential then really much MLS or national team success. Mathis did score 61 goals over his 11 year MLS career, but considering he had scored 38 by the end of the 2003 season Mathis was truly ineffective in the last half of a decade as far as scoring goes.
But Mathis was a member of last year’s winners and the colorful forward set up 7 goals over the course of the year and was a valuable part time starter. And Mathis will be remembered in the American game for various reasons. His five goal effort with the Metrostars is still an MLS record as is his nine career red cards. Mathis was also the first USA men’s national team player to appear on the cover of SI in eight years as a preview to the 2002 World Cup where Mathis would also score his only World Cup final goal in a 1-1 draw against South Korea.
But the one reason why we all might remember Mathis years from now is because the man was not opposed to rocking the Mohawk. Well that and the fact that the guy was a great soundbite.
Mathis made this farewell statement:
It has been an amazing and exciting ride, full of moments and people that will stay with me forever. I cannot thank everyone who has been a part of this journey with me enough for all that you have done to help me enjoy such a fulfilling life in the sport of soccer.