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Amy LePeilbet has announced her retirement.
FC Kansas City defender Amy LePeilbet has announced her retirement after a very successful career, which includes two National Women’s Soccer League championships and 84 caps with the U.S. Women’s National Team.
LePeilbet, 33, will end her professional career, which started in 1998 when she was one of only three high school students to be named to the Chicago Cobras roster. Throughout the years, she played for the Arizona Heatwave, Pali Blues, Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars and FC Kansas City after graduating from Arizona State University where she started all games in her career for a grand total of 74 matches.
The Spokane, Washington native was a member of the U-21 U.S. National Team from 2002-2003 before making her senior team debut in 2004 against Sweden.
In 2011, she played in all six matches at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, where the USA finished second. One year later, she helped the team win a gold medal at the London 2012 Summer Olympics.
Last season, LePeilbet was named to the 2015 NWSL Best XI as well as FC Kansas City’s Most Valuable Player.
AMY LEPEILBET’S STATEMENT:
After a very fulfilling 12-year career, I have decided to retire from professional soccer. I know in my heart it is time. As I embark on this new stage of my life, I will carry so many wonderful memories with me. I love the beautiful game, but most of all; I am thankful for the friendships and relationships that I have formed throughout the years. It is very hard to say goodbye, but I know it is the right thing for me at this time.
The last two seasons playing for FC Kansas City was such a pleasure, and was certainly a perfect ending to my career. Winning back-to-back championships alongside wonderful teammates, coaches, and staff made my experience even better and has left me feeling good about stepping away.
Thank you for the opportunity to play for FC Kansas City! I am incredibly thankful for the organization, the coaches, the whole staff, my teammates and the fantastic fans!
All I can say is THANK YOU! I truly appreciate and am humbled by everyone’s kind words.
— Amy LePeilbet (@AmyLePeilbet6) December 28, 2015
Source: FC Kansas City Official website.
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