Utah Royals FC midfielder Erika Tymrak announced Monday morning via an Instagram post that she would be retiring from professional soccer.
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It’s hard for me to put into words what soccer has done for me. 25 years ago, I fell in love with the feeling of a ball at my feet, and I never looked back. This sport gave me confidence, grit and drive. This sport has mentally and physically challenged me in ways I didn’t know were possible. This sport has taken me around the world and back, many times. This sport led me to the love of my life, who is now my husband. This sport allowed me to make the strongest friendships that will last a life time. This sport has given me the opportunity to inspire and motivate kids to chase their dreams fearlessly. I have given every ounce of my being to this beautiful game and I am grateful for every single part of the journey. But life is pulling me in a new direction, and I must graciously let go and move forward. To my parents, my teammates, my coaches & my fans- THANK YOU! It’s been one hell of a ride. But I’m ready for a new challenge. LA- here I come.
Tymrak played for Utah Royals FC since its inaugural season. She played 531 minutes in 2019, but she had no goals and just one assist in just her four starts.
Tymrak played two seasons with Utah Royals FC after spending time with FC Kansas City prior to their folding. She was the Rookie of the Year in 2013 and won two NWSL Championships with FCKC.