It's official. Former Hunt High and Wake Forest star William Hesmer is retiring from professional soccer.
Hesmer texted me the news Wednesday, two days after Clemente Lisi reported it on USSoccerPlayers.com. Hesmer started for the Columbus Crew for the past nine seasons but spent most of last year out with a hip injury. He was chosen by the Los Angeles Galaxy in the re-entry draft after Columbus did not renew his option.
Hesmer helped the Crew win the Supporters Shield (for best regular-season record) and the MLS Cup in 2008.
He began his career with the then Kansas City Wizards.
What's next for the 31-year-old?
Tune in next week as I hope to chat with him about his career and his future plans, which include wedding bells!