"On September 29, 2012, I played my first minutes here at Red Bull Arena against Toronto FC. I remember that game specifically, because, Ryan Johnson hit a ball from 35 yards out and I was thinking, "Oh no, what did I get myself into?"
And yet, almost six years later, 183 games later – 201 if you include playoffs – it's been a remarkable run. It's not something I ever could plan for. It's not something I ever intended for, but I think as it comes to a close, I just can't help but feel grateful. Grateful for your support, your encouragement, for the support of an organization that continues to believe in me in my darkest hour.
And yet, as we look at all the success we've had, whether it was personal, but mostly team, the one thing that hasn't changed is my commitment to helping the organization be the best that we can be. To getting that MLS Cup, and to winning more trophies. So even though the streak may be done, please know that my overwhelming desire to lift this organization up to the highest of highs, continues.
Thank you, guys."