Posted on October 27, 2012
MONTREAL – Former Canadian international goalkeeper Greg Sutton announced on Friday that he will retire at the end of this Major League Soccer season.
Sutton, 36, played 16 times with the Canadian National Team. He participated in the 2005, 2007 and 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. sutton made his international debut in a 1-0 win over Barbados on Jan. 18, 2004.
“I am proud of the great career that I’ve had. It’s been everything that I could have expected,” Sutton said in a statement. “We’ve won a couple of championships and to be a part of the changes and the growth has been great. I am proud to have been able to contribute and be a part of the successes here.”
Sutton signed with the Impact on December 8, 2011, making one appearance as a substitute in regular season play and three starts in Reserve League action.
Last season Sutton registered a 3-2-5 record in 10 starts over 900 minutes and two shutouts with the New York Red Bulls. He was then loaned to the Impact on July 15, in the North American second division, playing one game.
Sutton had played six seasons in Montreal between 2001 and 2006, where he became the team’s all-time leader with 67 career shutouts, 72 wins, 132 games played and 12,309 minutes played. He was the goalkeeper of the year for four consecutive years, from 2003 to 2006, and won the Giuseppe Saputo Trophy as the Impact’s MVP in 2003. He was also named league MVP and the Impact’s defensive player of the year in 2004, after helping the team win its second championship in club history.
He was drafted in the second round of the 1999 MLS draft by the Chicago Fire. He also played for the New York/New Jersey MetroStars and Cincinnati Riverhawks (A-League) before signing with the Impact in 2011. He resumed his career in MLS in 2007, perfroming in 34 games in three seasons with Toronto FC before joining the New York Red Bulls on April 27, 2010.
Sutton played in 53 MLS games, totalling 4,636 minutes over 50 starts, compiling a 14-24-15 mark and 11 shutouts.
Photo: Greg Sutton made 16 international appearances for Canada. Andy Mead/YCJ
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