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By ESPN Staff

U.S. team defender Agoos retires from MetroStars

SECAUCUS, N.J. -- Jeff Agoos, a 10-year veteran of Major League Soccer and a regular defender on the U.S. national teams, retired Wednesday from the MetroStars.

A nine-time all-star, Agoos was a member of five championship teams during his MLS career, the most of any player in league history.

"I've come to the time in my life where I'd like to step back and look at different avenues of life and see where they lead," said Agoos, who ranks seventh in MLS games started with 237.

The 37-year-old has been a member of the U.S. national team program since 1983 and played 11 years with the senior team. His 134 appearances ranks second and he played in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups as well as the 2000 Olympics.

He might be remembered best for his own-goal against Portugal in the 2002 World Cup opener for the American team, or for burning his training gear after failing to make the 1994 team.

In his first season in MLS, Agoos played for D.C. United under coach Bruce Arena, and the team won the league title. In all he won three championships with United.

"D.C. was my first choice in starting my professional career in the U.S.," he said. "I was very lucky to have spent my first few professional years under Bruce and the coaches at D.C."

He also played for San Jose and won two MLS Cups with the Earthquakes, where he was team captain.

In 2005, Agoos was chosen to the MLS All-Time Best Team.