KENYA BROWN - Monday, July 15, 2013
Former U.S. national team defender Danny Califf announced his immediate retirement from Major League Soccer side Toronto FC on Friday, ending a 14-year career.

In a statement released on TFC's website, the 33-year-old explained his reason behind his decision to call time on his career.

"The reason for my retirement is because when you are 33 years old and have played 14 years at a professional level, you start to have priorities that reach beyond yourself," he said. "Do I really want to train every day knowing that I am not in the coach's plan to play, as well as knowing you are taking your kids and family way from their friends and family? The answer is no."

"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," Califf added.

The former Maryland Terrapin began his professional odyssey in 2000, signing a MLS Project-40 contract and being selected by the Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS Superdraft. In 2002 he played a role in helping the Western Conference team win the MLS Cup with a 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution. After playing more than 100 games for the Galaxy, Califf would be traded to the San Jose Earthquakes in 2005.

After the 2005 MLS season, the California native made the move to Europe signing with Danish Superliga side Aalborg. After a third-place finish in his first season with the team, Califf would be appointed captain and help AaB capture the league title in 2008, its first title since the 1997-98 season. Califf would then move on to fellow Superliga side Midtjylland where he would stay for one season.

Upon his return to the United States, the defender would have stints with the Philadelphia Union, Chivas USA and make his final stop at TFC.

On the international scene Califf has represented the United States at every level. Having earned 23 caps with the senior team, he helped them in capturing the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2002 and 2005.

Califf will remain with TFC as a scout.

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