On Tuesday the San Jose Earthquakes announced that their long-time captain Ramiro Corrales will retire at the end of this season. The 36-year old Corrales is the last and final player in Major League Soccer who appaeared in a match during 1996′s inagural season.
Corrales, who is from nearby Salinas, has had his hand on the Earthquakes from the beginning. “It’s been an honor playing much of my career here in San Jose,” said Corrales.
In fact, he has played for the San Jose Earthquakes since 2001, and prior to that was a member of the San Jose Clash in 1996 and 1997. He was originally drafted number 81 overall by the Columbus Crew in the inaugural MLS draft, but was traded to the Clash before he even played a game. There was three-year period where he was not playing soccer in San Jose from 19998-2000.
Corrales also has his name all over the record books for the club. He is San Jose’s all-time leader in games played with 249, starts with 227, and minutes played at 20,117. He also won two MLS Cups with the Earthquakes in 2001 and 2003. He is also 17th in MLS history with 306 total appearances
Internationally Corrales had six caps with the US Men’s National Team and even played a few years (’05-’07) in the Norwegian league. In 2006 he was named team MVP with Hamarkameratene in 2006 and then in 2007 he won a league title with SK Brann in his only season with them.
Throughout his career with San Jose Corrales, a defender, has notched 16 goals and 32 assists. Those rank 11th and 4th in the club history as well, respectively. Corrales also appeared in 15 playoffs games for the San Jose as well.
“On behalf of the Earthquakes, I would like to thank Ramiro Corrales for his tremendous achievements with the club,” said club president Dave Kaval. “Ramiro has literally grown up with this team, from its creation in 1996 to where we are now. He’s meant a great deal to the organization over the years and we wish him all the best in his post-playing career.”
Here’s the video posted by the Media Relations department on sjearthquakes.com.