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Jason Hernandez retires to join Toronto FC front office

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The former defender has called it quits after 14 years in MLS.

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Toronto FC announced this morning that Jason Hernandez has officially retired from professional soccer, and that he will join the club’s front office as manager of player engagement. The defender played 14 years in MLS, two at TFC, including the 2017 treble-winning campaign.

At 35 years old, Hernandez is retiring after stints at the MetroStars (back when NYRB were called that), Chivas USA, San Jose Earthquakes, and New York City FC before coming to Toronto. In addition to the trophies he helped win in 2017, he was part of San Jose’s Supporters’ Shield-winning side in 2012.

TFC have indicated that Hernandez’s role will involve creating a player alumni network, hopefully helping to bring more former Reds back into the fold. He’s also tasked with helping bring the club’s various levels — the first team, TFC II, and the academy — closer together.

Hernandez played a total of 18 games with TFC, and he’ll end his career with 305 total MLS caps. He was one of the most well-liked players in the Toronto dressing room among both teammates and coaches, so his move to a front office role is no surprise.