After successfully completing his 6th MLS season, Steve Zakuani Portland Timbers winger announced his intention of retiring from Professional soccer through his website on Monday.
Due to a series of injuries, Zakuani has not featured in several MLS matches in the last 4 months. He featured in 58 matches in his first 2 years while he was limited to only 39 league matches for the last four seasons.
Before joining the timbers in December 2013, Steve was playing for Seattle Sounders where he received a couple of awards and helped sounders get to greater heights in soccer. In a message written to stevezakauni.com, he claimed his time to retire has come.
He complained of often injections, doctor visits, painkillers, reduced passion of the game and enjoyment and lack of enough physical capabilities. Zakuani’s injuries became serious when he suffered a broken Fibula and Tibia on 22nd April 2011 after he was tackled by Brian Mullan, Colorado Rapids Midfielder.
Brian was then red-carded immediately and received a suspension of 9 more games following the foul. Zakuani has suffered recurrent serious injuries since then which have seen him retire from active soccer at the age of 28 years.
Steve is a Native of the DRC raised in London. He played soccer while in college at the University of Akron under Caleb Porter, current Portland timbers head coach.