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Former FC Dallas Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman Announces His Retirement

The veteran keeper spent three years with FC Dallas.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Spor

Arguably the best goalkeeper to ever play in Major League Soccer is putting up his gloves for good.

Former FC Dallas, New York Red Bull, LA Galaxy and Kansas City Wizards keeper Kevin Hartman announced his retirement on Thursday, ending his 17-year career in the league.

"It has been an honor and thrill to play in Major League Soccer over the last 17 years, and I first want to thank my family and friends for their unbelievable support," Hartman said in a statement.

"It was a privilege to have this dream job and watch soccer and the league grow by leaps and bounds since I began my career. I am truly looking forward to the next stage of my life and am very thankful for the many memories and relationships I have made along the way."

The 39-year old retires as the league's all-time regular-season leader in games played (416 - the only player in league history to reach the 400-game mark), minutes played (37,260), goalkeeper wins (180), saves (1,474) and shutouts (112 - RSL's Nick Rimando is just four shutouts behind him). He also leads MLS in all these categories in postseason play after appearing in 49 playoff games, most recently in 2011.

Along with all the records Hartman also retires with two MLS Cups (2002 and 2005), the 2000 CONCACAF Champions' Cup, two US Open Cup titles and two Supporters' Shields.

Dallas fans will remember him easily for the amazing work that he did in the 2010 season, averaging 0.62 goals-against as he helped Dallas to the MLS Cup final for the first time in club history.

Hartman left Dallas after the 2012 season after the club opted not to re-sign him. He landed with the New York Red Bulls but never saw the field in 2013.

Hartman was always a class act both on and off the field. From his local goalkeeping clinics to other work in the community, he was a guy that people absolutely loved to be around. He was always a guy that I enjoyed talking to after a game as well.

MLS put together a pretty sweet video from his career, a few highlights in it Dallas fans will remember right away.

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