MLS stalwart Seth Sinovic announces retirement

Sporting Kansas City defender Seth Sinovic announced he is retiring from professional soccer after an 11-year career and 297 Major League Soccer appearances.

The 34-year-old veteran first joined the league in 2010 after signing with the New England Revolution. He spent two seasons in Massachusetts before transferring to Sporting Kansas City, where he has been playing for the last decade.

Under Peter Vermes, Sinovic lifted the 2013 MLS Cup and three U.S. Open Cups. He now ranks seventh in club history with 257 appearances across all competitions.

“I want to thank everyone who has supported and encouraged me throughout my MLS career,” Sinovic said in a statement to SKC.

“This journey would not have been possible without the coaches who have guided me in becoming a better player and a better person. To my teammates from Sporting Kansas City to the New England Revolution, I want to offer my deepest thanks. The memories and friendships I have developed over the years and continue to hold are invaluable.”

“I especially want to thank Kansas City and the Sporting KC fans who supported me for nine years. You, more than anyone, kept me going. It was an incredible honor to play for my hometown club and to be a part of such a special community. I am also eternally grateful for the Sporting Club ownership group.

“The Illigs, Pattersons, Madays, Currans and Heinemans have made me feel like part of the family from day one. Experiencing the growth and success of this team and organization was more rewarding than I ever could have ever imagined.”

Tributes from teammates and coaches have begun flooding in after the long-time player revealed his departure. Sporting Kansas City head coach Peter Vermes spoke highly of Sinovic, highlighting his contributions to the club.

“Seth was a fiercely competitive player and a selfless teammate who helped us win four championships and experience lots of success as a club,” Sporting Kansas City manager and sporting director Peter Vermes said.

“He has also shown great commitment to serving the Kansas City community and engaging with our fans in meaningful ways. He will always be a part of the Sporting family and we thank him for everything.”