Portland Timbers' Jack Jewsbury to retire at end of season

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Timbers midfielder Jack Jewsbury announced Sunday night that he will retire at the end of the 2016 season.

The 35-year-old, who is currently playing his sixth season with Portland, has played 348 games during 14 MLS seasons. He made the announcement during the Timbers' annual Stand Together Banquet on Sunday night.

“As tough as this decision was, my family and I are extremely excited about the next chapter and the new adventures ahead,” Jewsbury said. “It has been an honor to represent MLS during my 14 seasons, and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to play for two first-class organizations and fan bases that have taken this league and the sport in our country to the next level.

“I will always treasure my six years playing for Portland, including the postgame victory laps on the field with my daughters and celebrating the Timbers MLS Cup victory with the entire city.”

Jewsbury is one of only three players in MLS history who has played 150 games or more with two separate teams (Sporting KC and Portland). He ranks 10th in games played in MLS history and 29th in minutes played (25,363). He has 28 goals and 37 assists during his career.

“Jack Jewsbury has been a first-class leader on and off the field since the Timbers joined MLS. The consummate professional. I cannot say enough about what he has given to this organization,” said Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson.

“Jack will leave this team a Portland Timbers icon and I am hopeful he stays involved with this organization.”

Jewsbury has been with Portland since they joined the MLS in 2011 and was instrumental in the Timbers' run to the MLS Cup in 2015, with a goal and three assists in six games. He was the team's first MLS All-Star (in 2011) and captain.

“Jack Jewsbury has been an absolute pleasure to coach during the four years I’ve worked with him, and I can’t say enough about him as a player, professional and person,” said Caleb Porter, head coach of the Timbers.

“There’s no better reflection of our club and what it embodies than Jack, and his contributions on and off the pitch are immeasurable. He will go down at the end of the season as a legend for this club, one who put the team first and gave all he had every training session, every game.” 

Jewsbury lives in the Portland area with his wife, Brittany, and their two daughters

KGW


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