Toronto FC will have to say goodbye to a key part of their back four following the end of the 2021 MLS season. The club announced on Thursday that their legendary full-back Justin Morrow decided to retire and will walk away from professional soccer following the 2021 MLS season.
Morrow himself confirmed the news a day later, attending a press conference organized by Toronto.
“I came to this decision knowing my light is starting to shine brighter off the field than on it right now, and that comes with a lot of joy,” Morrow told reporters during a virtual press conference.
The 33-year-old legend also touched on his future, saying that he hopes he’ll remain involved with the club in some way even after hanging his cleats.
“This club means so much for me. We’ve had positive conversations, so hopefully it works out and I get to stay,” he added.
Justin Morrow has several games left to play for Toronto before calling it quits. He will hope to help the club make a better impression for the remainder of 2021, considering they are currently bottom last in Eastern Conference with the worst record in the MLS.
Previously, Morrow contributed to Toronto’s MLS Cup and Supporters Shield runs in 2017 and was part of the teams that finished as MLS Cup runner-ups in 2016 and 2019. He made a total of 246 appearances for the Canadian club, scoring 18 goals and earning one MLS Best XI honors in the process.