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Nat Borchers announces retirement

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A legendary man with a legendary beard is hanging up his boots after a successful 14-year career.

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Real Salt Lake and MLS legend Nat Borchers announced his retirement today after an incredible 14-year career as a professional soccer player — 11 of which were spent in MLS where he won two MLS Cup titles.

The announcement and Nat’s statement came today in the form of a tweet.

Borchers spent seven years with Real Salt Lake, quickly becoming arguably the best defender the club has ever seen. With 205 appearances and 10 goals, he became the leader and stalwart defender that RSL needed across the backline, and was (and still is) a beloved player in the Salt Lake community.

It was an absolute blow to the RSL family when he was sent to the Portland Timbers following the 2014 season, but he was immediately welcomed with open arms by the Timbers Army and became an integral part of Portland’s defense.

His last appearance came on July 23, 2016, when he was taken off in a game against the LA Galaxy with a ruptured left Achilles tendon that required surgery. That injury cut his season short, and presumably has something to do with the 35-year-old’s decision to retire.

As for his future, we’ll wait with baited breath to see if he finds his way back to Salt Lake City. No matter what happens, we can thank Nat for his many years of service and leadership with our club, and wish him nothing but the best as he starts the next chapter of his career.