Former LA Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartman announced his retirement on Sunday ending a 17-year career that saw him become the league's all-time leader in minutes played.
Hartman who played for the Galaxy from 1997 to 2006 was a key component in a Galaxy side that won two MLS Cups, two U.S. Open Cups, and two Supporters' Shields during his tenure. Following his time with the Galaxy, Hartman had stops with the Kansas City Wizards, FC Dallas, and finally the New York Red Bulls. Known as "El Gato" or "The Cat", Hartman ends his career with the all-time leads in minutes played (37,260), saves (1,474), wins (180), and shutouts (112).
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Following the annoucement, Galaxy fans took to Twitter to celebrate Hartman's career. A few select responses are below...
.@LAGalaxy can you please do us long time fans a favor a sign Kevin Hartman to a 1 day contract so he can retire a Galaxy player? thank you— Dominic Palencia (@DominicP23) November 21, 2013
Take a moment to celebrate the greatest goalkeeper in MLS history. Kevin Hartman is reportedly retiring.— Keith Hickey (@usarsnl) November 21, 2013
Kevin Hartman retires as @MLS career leader w/ 416 games played. Closest active player: Nick Rimando with 346.— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) November 21, 2013