Andoni Iraola has announced his retirement from professional soccer.
NEWS: Andoni Iraola retires after 16-year playing career https://t.co/j9Ob8nRQqz
— New York City FC (@NYCFC) November 17, 2016
The 34-year-old right back has hung up his cleats following a very impressive 16 year career, in which he made the bulk of his appearances for local club Athletic Bilbao.The Spaniard also made seven appearances for his national team as well as additional eight for the Basque country team.
Iraola joined New York City Football Club (NYCFC) midway through their inaugural season in the MLS, teaming up with his former Spanish team mate, David Villa. The right back turned central midfielder made 40 appearances for the team, helping them on their playoff journey in the 2016 season, which ended prematurely due to a thrashing by Toronto FC.
“I would like to thank everyone inside and outside of the club who has made me feel at home from the very first moment,” he told NYCFC.com.
Iraola leaves Yankees Stadium just a day after Frank Lampard announced his departure. The team will surely look to bolster their squad with a few signings to strengthen their midfield after losing two of three starters thus far this offseason.