Chicago Fire defender Christian Dean announced his retirement on Thursday after five MLS seasons.

The 25-year-old Dean played in just two games this season due to injuries and just five total since being acquired from the Vancouver Whitecaps on Aug. 9, 2017.

"It's unfortunate that Christian suffered so many injuries that kept him from realizing his potential," Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez said in a statement. "He is a good man and we wish him success and happiness in his next endeavors."

Dean played in just 17 games (11 starts) during his five MLS seasons. He didn't score and took two shots.

"Well this is it, announcing my retirement and it's tough," Dean wrote on his Instagram account. "Thank you to my family and friends for the past 5 years and I owe you everything. Thank you to the fans that have supported me, love you all. #realworld ?? sorry didn't have a lot of game photos... freeing up the salary cap #yam"

Dean is the third Fire player to retire in five days. Defender Brandon Vincent retired Tuesday at age 24 after three MLS campaigns, and veteran striker Alan Gordon (age 37) announced his retirement Sunday.

--Field Level Media

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