Gonzalo Segares has announced his retirement as a player after ten professional seasons. Drafted by the Fire in the third round of the 2005 SuperDraft, Segares spent his entire career in Chicago with the exception of a stint with Cypriot club Apollon Limassol in 2010. A popular player in the locker room and off the field he was always available to speak honestly and openly regardless of how exhilarating or excruciating the result of the latest match was.
Segares agreed to restructure his contract in order stay with the club following the 2012 season and had opportunities to play in NASL this year after having his 2015 option declined in November. He recently acquired his "B" coaching license and decided to accept an offer to stay with the Fire as an Ambassador and Academy coach. "Today is a very sad day for me, as I am announcing my retirement from professional soccer. It has been an incredible ride for me, filled with many good memories and amazing moments that I will never forget,” said Segares via a club release. “This game has given me the honor of representing my country, my club and to make my family proud. I leave the sport today knowing that I left it all in the field for them.”
Segares, one of the top fullbacks in MLS in his prime, was only the seventh player in club history to amass more than 200 appearances. He played in 264 competitive matches for the Fire and was the last active player on the roster to have won significant hardware. He was a member of the 2006 US Open Cup winners.
He'll be missed as a player by fans and media alike but will surely be an asset to the technical staff as he begins working with the Academy. The Fire will announce plans to honor his career and contributions at a later date.