Former AC St. Louis player/assistant coach and long-time member of the New England Revolution Steve Ralston is set to announce his retirement from professional soccer Tuesday night. The announcement will be made after the SuperLiga match between the Revolution and Monarcas Morelias. Steve is expected to play in the match
Ralston, 36, signed with the NASL expansion franchise AC St. Louis in February after eight seasons with the Revolution. Recovering from a knee injury, Ralston was limited to two games for AC St. Louis. Upon suffering financial setbacks, the team and Ralston amicably parted ways, and Ralston re-signed with the New England Revolution. He immediately suffered a dislocated left elbow in a friendly match with Brazilian club Cruzeiro, and was just released to start play again by team doctors.
Ralston is a native St. Louisan. He attended Oakville High School, and later Forest Park Community College before transferring to Florida International University. He won the MLS’ first Rookie of the Year Award in 1996 while playing for the Tampa Bay Mutiny. The midfielder stayed with the Mutiny until the team was contracted in 2002, when he was picked up by the Revolution in a dispersal draft. Ralston holds MLS records for assists, starts, appearances and minutes played, along with holding the US record for most professional games played. He scored 76 goals in his MLS career and also made 36 appearances for the US Men’s National Team, scoring four times. He was a member of two US Gold Cup champion teams and scored a goal against Mexico in a 2006 World Cup qualifying match. He also was a member of the Revolution’s 2007 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup champion team and their 2008 SuperLiga champion squad.
Congratulations to Steve on an outstanding career. Best wishes to a great guy !!!