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Wells Retires

The Insider has learned that D.C. United goalkeeper Zach Wells, who left training camp several weeks ago to evaluate his future, has decided to retire from MLS and pursue other opportunities. The league is finalizing the paperwork and a formal announcement is expected in the coming days.

By Steve Goff  |  February 16, 2009; 2:52 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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At this point, no surprise. Good luck...

Posted by: Reignking | February 16, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Best wishes, Zack. You could always enlist as a spokesman for a certain line of diet / healthy treats....

Posted by: 22206no1 | February 16, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

What? He didn't want to keep socking away his fat salary at DCU?!?

Posted by: Modibo | February 16, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

At this point, should we be persuing replacements for every player that joined United in 2008?

Posted by: TCompton | February 16, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Best wishes to Zach in his future endeavors. When we met him at RFK at the meet the team event, Zach was one of the coolest guys there. He seemed genuinely nice. It really says a lot about someone when they are generally nice to people (especially people they probably won't run into again).

Posted by: davethelad | February 16, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Good Luck Zach. Thanks for your service.

Posted by: Eric_in_Baltimore | February 16, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what his "other opportunities" might be, but he is very presentable and well-spoken and could do very well in many things. But I hope he isn't through with professional soccer, even if he's through with MLS. There are teams out there in the USL who, I think, would love to have him.

Posted by: b18bolo | February 16, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

He had a ton of ability but that's only part of in professional sports.
Good luck Zach.

Posted by: euroman | February 16, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Good luck, Zach. I met Zach a couple of times up in the mezzanine as well as Meet The Team Day, and he is definetly a very nice guy. He took the time to take a picture with me and we talked for a while about he living with Benny and soccer stuff. We'll miss you, Brother. Come up and have a beer with Mack and us mezzanine treat!!

Posted by: Smitty8 | February 16, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

good riddance.

Posted by: jdickinson187 | February 16, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Nice touch jdickinson187. What do they call you for short?

Posted by: OWNTF | February 16, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Wish he would have done that last year.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | February 16, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Zack played professional soccer at the top domestic level for several years. Who among us can say that?

Best Wishes Zack.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 16, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Zack played professional soccer at the top domestic level for several years. Who among us can say that?

Best Wishes Zack.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 16, 2009 7:23 PM

Aloha Z...I'll recognize you if I ever see you around.

Posted by: DadRyan | February 16, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

If you're reading this Zach, best of luck to you!

Posted by: BBride | February 16, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Please, never come back. Good luck!

Posted by: UnitedDemon | February 16, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Another front office gaffe and blunder. True fans need to start questioning the gm...wells, gallardo, lets not get started..what will happen with the gomez signing...are we supposed to be jacked up for that? a team that missed the playoffs? an aging guy that rsl and others couldnt use? i see no playoffs again...hey dcu: no more south americans!!

Posted by: jbfromfc | February 17, 2009 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Goff, are there different salary cap rules for retired players or cut players? As in, is there any difference for DCU calling this a retirement rather than "hey, we don't want you anymore, can't you just go away?" What's the point in calling this a retirement? Essentially he was going to be cut, saw the writing on the wall, and walked away.

Posted by: Hokienautic | February 17, 2009 1:22 AM | Report abuse


Same to you.

Posted by: Ron16 | February 17, 2009 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Well in, 22206no1.

All the best, Zach.

Posted by: joedoc1 | February 17, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

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