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November 30, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Terry Boss told by doctors to retire due to concussion history

boss mug.jpgSounders FC already lost one goalkeeper to retirement and apparently will lose a second.

Terry Boss posted on his Facebook page that doctors have told him he must retire due to his concussion history. Here is the post in full:

After repeat concussions, and many appointments with concussion specialist, the doctors have told me that I have to retire. Although its sad news, it’s difficult not to also feel very blessed. By Gods grace I have been fortunate to play the sport I love for a living for the last eight years. Ive met so many great people along the way, and i get to end my career with one of the best organizations in the world and the best fans anywhere. A big thank you to everybody who made my time in Seattle so special and to everybody else who helped me along the way!

Boss, 30, was signed midway through the Sounders’ inaugural season in 2009 and earned the backup job for good the following preseason. The native of Philomath, Ore., played just once in MLS for Seattle, filling in for the injured Kasey Keller in the second half at FC Dallas in 2010.

This past season, Boss started in Sounders FC’s first two games in the U.S. Open Cup and three games in the CONCACAF Champions League, including a memorable win in Monterrey. He also led the reserves to the an 8-1-1 record, which was second-best in the league and tops in the West Division.

Unless I’m mistaken, Boss earned seven caps with the Puerto Rican national team, ultimately suffering a major concussion in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier in St. Kitts in early September that shut him down for the rest of the year. He was also concussed in a midseason friendly against Manchester United.

As has been well documented, this was also the last year in the career of Kasey Keller, who retired after the season. Josh Ford and Bryan Meredith, who were rookies in 2011, are the only goalkeepers currently on the roster. Austrian Michael Gspurning is expected to be signed within the next few weeks.

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