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Longtime MLS goalkeeper Kevin Hartman retires

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Longtime MLS goalkeeper Kevin Hartman retires

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FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman makes a save against the Seattle Sounders in the first half of an MLS soccer game, Wednesday, May 9, 2012, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) -- Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman has announced his retirement after 17 years in Major League Soccer.

Hartman spent the majority of his career with the Los Angeles Galaxy from 1997-2006, where he won the MLS Cup in 2002 and 2005. He played for Kansas City from 2007-2009, spent three seasons at FC Dallas and last season with the New York Red Bulls, though he didn't get into any games after signing as a free agent in March.

Hartman says ''it was a privilege to have this dream job and watch soccer and the league grow by leaps and bounds'' in a statement released by the Red Bulls.

The five-time All-Star is the only player to start and appear in more than 400 regular season MLS games. Of his 416 appearances, all but five were starts.

He retires with a career record of 180-143-89. The former UCLA player also made five appearances for the U.S. national team. He was voted MLS' Goalkeeper of the Year in 1999.

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