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Former Dynamo defender David Horst announces retirement

Former Houston Dynamo defender David Horst announced his retirement on Wednesday, concluding an 11-year MLS career.


After a hard fought 11 years in the MLS, I have decided to hang up my boots. I fulfilled the dream of a small town boy, but now it is time to take on a new dream. I have overcome almost all obstacles in my career, but the human body can only endure so much. After tearing my achilles this year, this will be one comeback I won’t be making. I want to thank my family who was there for me my whole career, all the coaches I ever had that pushed me to get better every day, and most importantly my amazing wife who joined me on this journey and never let me give up when times got tough. I wish I could thank every single person that had an impact on my career but that list would be never ending. I would also like to thank Real Salt Lake, the Portland Timbers, the Houston Dynamo, and all my teammates for giving me the opportunity to fulfill my dreams!

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Horst made 89 appearances for the Dynamo from 2014-16, scoring four goals. He was a mainstay at center back known for his imposing presence in the middle, starting 83 regular season games.

The Pine Grove, Pennsylvania native was drafted 14th overall in the 2008 SuperDraft by Real Salt Lake, and saw time with the RSL Reserves, Austin Aztex, and Puerto Rico Islanders on loan during his first three years of professional soccer. He was selected by the Portland Timbers in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft and made 39 appearances before his trade to Houston prior to the 2014 season. He returned to Salt Lake in 2017 as a free agent, but injuries limited his availability in his second stint in Utah, including an Achilles injury this season that led to his retirement.