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Toronto FC veteran Califf announces retirement

Toronto FC defender Danny Califf announced Friday that he is retiring after 14 years as a professional football player.

Califf will now take on a scouting role for Toronto FC.

"Today, I am announcing my retirement from soccer. It is a very emotional day for me. My family has moved around the world to watch me play the sport I love. Now, I get to watch my three kids play the same sport that has given me so much," said Danny Califf. "Thanks to my family and friends for their love and support. Also to my teammates, and to my fans, the people who really make playing worth it."

Califf, 33, originally signed with Toronto FC on December 14, 2012 after being selected in the second stage of the MLS Re-Entry process. Califf appeared in 234 career matches in Major League Soccer (MLS) spanning ten seasons in the league. He began his career with the LA Galaxy in 2000, after he was selected sixth overall in the MLS SuperDraft from the University of Maryland.

"I'm sorry Danny is unable to carry on playing at the level he would like, and totally respect his decision to retire. He's been a very good player and should be proud of what he's accomplished," said Toronto FC President and General Manager Kevin Payne. "I'm very pleased that he will continue to be a part of our organization and assist us in building our team for the future."

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