Sounders midfielder Shipp retires after 7 MLS seasons

The Associated Press
FILE - In this July 29, 2018, file photo, Seattle Sounders midfielder Harry Shipp reacts after scoring a goal against New York City FC during the second half of an MLS soccer match in Seattle. When Major League Soccer and its players came to agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement back in February, there was a genuine feeling of accomplishment on both sides. Those pre-pandemic positive vibes are now gone, at least in how the players feel toward the league and ownership. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
FILE - In this July 29, 2018, file photo, Seattle Sounders midfielder Harry Shipp reacts after scoring a goal against New York City FC during the second half of an MLS soccer match in Seattle. When Major League Soccer and its players came to agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement back in February, there was a genuine feeling of accomplishment on both sides. Those pre-pandemic positive vibes are now gone, at least in how the players feel toward the league and ownership. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle Sounders midfielder Harry Shipp announced his retirement on Tuesday after seven seasons with three different Major League Soccer teams.

Shipp's decision came ahead of MLS' return to action next month with a tournament in Florida. Shipp played the last four seasons with the Sounders and also played with Montreal and Chicago earlier in his career.

The 28-year-old started 41 of 64 matches played during his time with Seattle and scored 10 goals with seven assists. Shipp saw action as a substitute in both of Seattle's matches prior to the shutdown of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shipp started his career with Chicago as a homegrown player and was a finalist for MLS rookie of the year in 2014.

In a statement, Shipp said he intends to pursue an MBA at Northwestern University. Shipp served as Seattle's player representative with the MLS Players Union.

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