Andrew Jacobson enjoyed a 10-year pro career, including 2015 with NYCFC. (Photo courtesy of MLS)
VANCOUVER – Former New York City FC midfielder Andrew Jacobson announced his retirement Wednesday, ending his 10-year professional soccer career.
Jacobson, who played the last two seasons with Vancouver Whitecaps FC, played in Canada, France, Norway and the United States.
The 32-year-old Jacobson performed for five clubs in his nine Major League Soccer seasons, including D.C. United, Philadelphia Union and FC Dallas.
“Deciding to call time on a 10-year career which has taken me to four countries and introduced me to countless people from all backgrounds and origins, while giving me the opportunity to play the game I love, was a hard decision to make,” Jacobson said in an open letter to fans. “My gratitude goes out to the supporters around the world of the teams I have both played for and those I have not. Professional soccer would not exist without you spending your time and hard-earned money to watch us play. For that, I thank you for making my dream a reality.
“I also want to thank every player, coach and staff member who I have had the honor to work with over the years. Since my family and I made this decision, I have felt a rush of excitement. The strange part is, the feeling has nothing to do with the game of soccer. I am genuinely excited for the next chapter in my life.”
Jacobson, who began his professional career with French Ligue 1 side FC Lorient, was a member of NYCFC’s expansion team in 2015 after playing the 2014 season on loan with Norwegian Eliteserien club Stabæk Fotball. He played in and started 33 games, scoring one goal and assisting on two under head coach Jason Kreis in 2015.
After Patrick Vieira came on board as head coach, he traded Jacobson to Vancouver in March 2016. Jacobson finished with is MLS career with 10 goals and 11 assists in 220 matches.
“Congratulations to A.J. from everyone at the club for a fantastic career,” said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. “I always admired the way he played when he was an opposing player, and I had the pleasure of coaching him these past two seasons in Vancouver. He was a consummate professional, he came in focused every day, and he did whatever was needed to help the team. We wish A.J. and his family nothing but the best as he begins the next chapter of his life.”