It’s not a particularly surprising announcement, but David Horst has confirmed that he’s calling time on his playing career.
Horst, 33, started his career with Real Salt Lake, which is also where he ended it. After a backup role last year, he suffered an achilles injury that sidelined him for most of 2018.
Announcing his retirement on Instagram, Horst attributed the move to that achilles injury.
“I have overcome almost all obstacles in my career, but the human body can only endure so much,” he wrote. “After tearing my achilles this year, this will be one comeback I won’t be making.”
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After a hard fought 11 years in the MLS, I have decided to hang up my boots. I fulfilled the dream of a small town boy, but now it is time to take on a new dream. I have overcome almost all obstacles in my career, but the human body can only endure so much. After tearing my achilles this year, this will be one comeback I won’t be making. I want to thank my family who was there for me my whole career, all the coaches I ever had that pushed me to get better every day, and most importantly my amazing wife who joined me on this journey and never let me give up when times got tough. I wish I could thank every single person that had an impact on my career but that list would be never ending. I would also like to thank Real Salt Lake, the Portland Timbers, the Houston Dynamo, and all my teammates for giving me the opportunity to fulfill my dreams!
The move is not a particularly surprising one, though, given Horst has been exploring non-playing options following his injury. He made several appearances on Real Monarchs broadcasts as a commentator, and he worked in at least a temporary fashion as a Real Monarchs coach alongside fellow former RSL defender Jamison Olave.
We’ll keep our ear to the ground on next steps for Horst, supposing his career continues in professional soccer.