Former LA Galaxy midfielder Rafael Garcia retires from skilled soccer

Rafael Garcia, a two-time MLS Cup champion with the LA Galaxy, has introduced his retirement from skilled soccer.

“I can actually say I lived my dream,” Garcia wrote in a Twitter post. “And though I am unable to say for certain what’s subsequent, I do know that I will be across the recreation and look forward to giving back all it has given me.”

Throughout six seasons together with his hometown membership (2012-17), the hard-working defensive midfielder had two assists in 45 video games. Garcia was a part of title-winning sides in 2012 and 2014, plus spent time with LA Galaxy II. He primarily played under now-New England Revolution head coach and sporting director Bruce Enviornment.

After departing LA, the 32-year-old signed with USL Championship side Las Vegas Lights and was last with Oklahoma City Power FC. Garcia played collegiately at Cal State Northridge, and finishes his career with just over 2,000 minutes played on the MLS level.

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