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San Jose Earthquakes veteran Corrales to announce retirement

Ramiro Corrales will announce his retirement from professional soccer at the end of the 2013 MLS season.

The 36-year old San Jose Earthquakes defender will call time on a career which began back in 1996 and has included 15 seasons in MLS for more than 300 appearances.

Corrales, who won the 2001 and 2003 MLS Cups with the Quakes, released a statement thanking those involved in his career.

"It's been an honor playing much of my career here in San Jose," Corrales said.

"I have a lot of great memories, from that first season in 1996 to the MLS Cups in 2001 and 2003 to the expansion season in 2008. It's been a great ride and I'd like to thank everybody - fans, players, coaches - for their support along the way."

San Jose general manager John Doyle added: "Ramiro was a phenomenal player and one of the best this club has ever had.

"I think it was great to be able to play with Ramiro and see him mature from a 19-year-old kid to a grown man. His contributions over the years have meant a lot to this organization."

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