Sunday was a special day for Vancouver Whitecaps defender Lee Young-Pyo as he played the final game of his 14-year professional career, one that saw the South Korean suit up for six different clubs on three continents.
Lee announced just last week that Sunday would be his final professional game, and the Whitecaps did everything to send him out in style.
Head coach Martin Rennie gave Lee the captain's armband for the day; no less than three tifos inside the stadium featured his face or South Korean flag; teammate Camilo Sanvezzo — who later that day went on to score a hat trick and claim the MLS Golden Boot by a single goal — offered up his place in taking a penalty kick for the game's first goal.
(Note: Considering Lee's pinpoint assist on Camilo's goal that is a heavy favorite to win MLS Goal of the Year, Camilo certainly owed Lee one.)
Camilo then picked up the ball from the back of the net and presented it to Lee while embracing him with a hug.
The team also produced the above video of Lee's final pro day, capturing each of the joy-filled moments for one of South Korea's greatest ever players (127 national team apperance, five goals scored).
Lee had nothing but good things to say about his final day after the game, saying, "I'm feeling so happy this moment, because it is exactly what I wanted from the time I was young."
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