LA Galaxy II player-coach Laurent Courtois announces his retirement from professional soccer

15 August 2:53 pm

LA Galaxy II player-coach Laurent Courtois announces his retirement from professional soccer

By Adam Serrano

LA Galaxy II player-assistant coach Laurent Courtois is retiring from professional soccer.

Courtois, 35, confirmed to LA Galaxy Insider on Friday that he has retired from soccer in order to focus on a career in coaching. The player-coach announced via Instagram earlier in the week, that he'll be returning to France as he seeks to earn his coaching credentials from the French Football Federation. 

In 2014, Courtois made 11 appearances for Los Dos while tallying two goals for the Galaxy's USL PRO affiliate. 

"It has been an honor to play for a great club like the LA Galaxy over the past year," Courtois told LA Galaxy Insider on Friday.  

Courtois hangs up his boots after an 16-year career that included stops in the top leagues in England, Spain, France and the United States. During his time as a professional, the Lyon Academy product played for such clubs as Ajaccio, Tolouse, West Ham United, Levante, and the LA Galaxy.