New England Revolution captain Steve Ralston has notified the club that he will not be renewing his contract.
The 35-year old revealed he turned down an offer from the Revs to remain at the club for 2010 as he continues to recover from a knee injury he sustained in September.
"At the end of the day, they made me a reasonable offer," Ralston said. "It was a difficult decision for me and my family to make. It was just one of those things. It was the right time (to go)."
Ralston's last contract finished at the end of the 2009 season but he decided it was time to move after joining the club in 2002.
He admitted to regretting the fact he was unable to win the championship with New England but has fond memories of his time with the club.
"I had eight wonderful years here," Ralston said. "I have one regret and that's not winning MLS Cup. . . . But I'm proud of all of the things that we did."
Ralston is now believed to be considering other potential playing options.