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Injuries Force Longtime D.C. United Defender Bryan Namoff Into Retirement

For nearly a decade, Bryan Namoff was a fixture on D.C. United's back line, recovering from all sorts of injuries to remain a major contributor. It looked like he might be able to recover from a concussion he suffered earlier in the 2009/10 season. Unfortunately, it appears that's not going to happen.

The team has announced that Namoff will suspend his playing career and become a member of the coaching staff. Via a team press release.

D.C. United announced today defender Bryan Namoff has suspended his playing career and will join the technical staff as Special Projects Manager.  A 10-year veteran of the Black-and-Red, Namoff moves into a new role with United, assisting General Manager Dave Kasper with scouting, youth development and camp programming.  He will also assist the front office in other business development opportunities.      

Namoff confirmed the news on his Twitter account today.

I'm retiring/suspending my career b/c of my injuries. This has been the most difficult time I've ever had to face. Thx to all for support.    

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