Chicago Fire's C.J. Brown to retire

Updated: October 22, 2010, 12:20 AM ET
By Charlie Corr |

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Chicago Fire defender C.J. Brown, who has played in every season for the organization, is officially announcing his retirement Thursday, the team confirmed.

He is available for the team as it travels to Los Angeles to face Chivas USA this Saturday to close out the 2010 MLS season.

"It was obviously a tough decision," Brown said Thursday. "In the past year or so I've been thinking about this, talking with my wife, my agent and parents, and trying to figure out what is the right decision for me. I've been here for 13 years, and they've been very successful for me. I'm now thinking it is time to move onto another career."

Brown is a Fire original who was a part of the team's 1998 MLS Cup and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup crowns during the organization's inaugural season. He is the lone member of that first team, holding career records for most seasons, games played, games started and minutes played.

This season, Brown has made 25 starts and logged 2,250 minutes. He did not play during Chicago's most recent scoreless draw against D.C. United, a match that celebrated the final home appearance of Arlington Heights native Brian McBride's professional career.

McBride announced his professional retirement earlier in the season.

Charlie Corr covers the Chicago Fire for