Arlington Heights native Jonathan Spector retires from pro soccer
Arlington Heights native Jonathan Spector announced his retirement from professional soccer Sunday, ending a career that began with great fanfare when he signed with famed English side Manchester United at age 17.
Spector, a defender, announced his retirement at age 33 on Instagram, saying: "After 16 years I have decided to retire from professional soccer. It's been an incredible journey that has taken me all over the world. Thank you to the clubs and people that believed in me along the way and to all of my teammates, especially those that made me look good. Most importantly, thank you to my family who has been there for me throughout it all. Finally, I'd like to thank the fans that supported me, and those that didn't, you made playing this beautiful game that much more exciting!"
He earned 36 caps with the U.S. national team, though injuries often derailed his attempts to play for the United States.
Spector played in England with Manchester United, Charlton, West Ham and Birmingham.