Rodney Wallace played with NYCFC in 2017-18. (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)
PORTLAND, Ore. – Former New York City FC Rodney Wallace will retire from soccer as a member of the Portland Timbers.
Wallace will be recognized on the field prior to Sunday’s match against Seattle Sounders FC at Providence Park.
“Thinking back on my career, I realized that retiring as a Timber was the best way for me to respect what the organization has done for me and what I was able to do for the club, the city, and the fans,” Wallace said in a statementn. “Winning an MLS Cup is my biggest accomplishment to date, and I’m proud to have been a part of that.”
Acquired by the Timbers in a trade with D.C. United Nov. 24, 2010 in exchange for Dax McCarty, Wallace was a member of the Timbers’ inaugural MLS season in 2011. He made 129 appearances (101 starts) for the team over five seasons (2011-2015), tallying 18 goals and 20 assists. The Costa Rican international was awarded the MLS Comeback Player of the Year in 2014.
“Rodney Wallace gave so much to our club. Having him make the choice to retire a Timber is something that is tremendously meaningful to me personally and is testament to the quality experience many players have with us,” Timbers owner and CEO Merritt Paulson said. “Also doing this before a Seattle game is fitting. Few Timbers ‘gutted the fish’ like Rodney!”
Wallace helped the team to playoff runs in 2013 and 2015. He made a significant impact in the 2015 MLS Playoffs, scoring the first goal in the infamous knockout-round match against Sporting Kansas City that resulted in PKs, and recorded the game winner in the Timbers 2-1 MLS Cup win over Columbus Crew SC.
Wallace spent time playing overseas for Arouca and Sport Recife. He returned to the MLS in 2017, playing two seasons with NYCFC and logging five goals and seven assists. He played his final MLS match for Sporting Kansas City April 7, 2019.