Sasha Victorine Hangs ’em Up

Chivas USA midfielder Sasha Victorine announced his retirement today, dropping the curtain on a ten-year career in MLS that also included stints with the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Kansas City Wizards.

He won an MLS Cup with the Galaxy in 2002, but our favorite Victorine moment was his penalty-shootout winner against Japan in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney—a shot that put the U.S. Olympic team into the semifinals of that tournament, and caused Victorine’s teammates to dogpile him along the endline.

A first-team All-America at UCLA in 1999, Victorine earned four caps with the U.S. senior national team during his career, scoring one goal. He played in both defense and midfield, and, judging by the video below (watch all the way through), well, he is clearly a fun guy.

Victorine, 32, cited recurring injuries as the reason for his retirement, and he will go on to work in the Kansas City front office and as the color commentator for Wizards TV broadcasts.