LA Galaxy forward Chris Pontius retired Tuesday after 11 seasons and 259 appearances in MLS.

Pontius, 32, registered 52 goals and 38 assists with the Galaxy (2018-19), Philadelphia Union (2016-17) and D.C. United (2009-15).

The No. 7 overall pick in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft wrapped up his career with two goals and three assists in 18 games (six starts) with the Galaxy in 2019.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to have played the sport I love during the last 11 years," Pontius said in a club statement. "The game has given so much to me and as I look back on my time in Major League Soccer, I am filled with pride in not only what I accomplished during my career, but also for being a part of the growth of this league from when I joined it in 2009."

Pontius was the MLS Comeback Player of the Year in 2016 and made the MLS Best XI in 2012.

He also made five appearances with the U.S. Men's National Team.

"As I start this next chapter of my career, I want to say thank you all my teammates, coaches and the fans that I have met along the way," Pontius said. "Your love, support and dedication have impacted me immeasurably and I will always be thankful. In addition to everything on the field, the friendships I have made in will last a lifetime. I want to also thank my wife, Alex, for being my companion and constantly supporting me in this journey."

--Field Level Media

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