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William Hesmer, a steady professional in goal, retires

Feb 18, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

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Some goalkeepers are barely getting their careers up to speed at age 31.

Just look at Brad Guzan. The U.S. backup is 28 and he just landed his first truly plum starting assignment (plus on a bigger scale, at least, as he was formerly a starter in Major League Soccer).

So it’s unfortunate to see William Hesmer, a solid pro over about a decade in Major League Soccer, retire at the relatively young goalkeeping age of 31.

Clemente Lisi at USSoccerPlayers.com has the story.

Hesmer became the Columbus Crew starter in 2007, helping guide the club to an MLS Cup title the next year. He was 3-0-1 in that post-season run with just three goals allowed.

Hesmer was always a solid choice in goal; he was never going to challenge for a national team spot, but at league level the Wake Forest man was reliably ensconced in Major League Soccer’s middle class neighborhood. Given a restrictive salary cap, every club needs the reliable, reasonably priced work-a-days; it’s just a matter of where the teams choose to deploy them on the field.

A hip injury in spring of 2012 took Hesmer off the field for the entire season, opening the door for longtime backup Andy Gruenebaum, who proved time and again through the a busy campaign behind an iffy “D” that he was no mere backup.

That made Hesmer expendable and Columbus declined his option for the 2013 season. The LA Galaxy gained his rights through Major League Soccer’s re-entry draft. When failing to come to terms with the champs, Hesmer chose to move on.

  1. mvktr2 - Feb 18, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    File this comment under the spectacle of laymen giving professional advice in the previous ‘will Donovan be welcomed back’ article.

    William, Will, WILL what are you doing? Remember back in high school when you worked at the GAP or perhaps it was detailing cars in the summer or stocking grocery shelves. Well in the world outside of professional soccer where I doubt you’ll be stocking shelves but will be in the 8-5 grind you’re not missing much. Really not much. A gig where you sit on your bum during matches, playing occasionally, draw 45-70K per year, get free health care, free swag, fan adulation, first class travel, and get to play a game for a living, even if it’s a somewhat meager living isn’t a bad gig at all! Most importantly of all you’re likely to never get this chance again.

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