On February 5th, Andres Romero announced his retirement from professional soccer. The 28 year old Argentinian midfielder joined the Impact in 2013 and has had many memorable with the club since his arrival. After the Impact chose not to resign Romero this season he considered his options for a few months but it ultimately ended in him choosing to retire.
Romero made noise from the moment he arrived in Montreal scoring a quality goal in one of his first games against. The goal against Chicago (below) gave a taste of the quality that was to come of their new arrival. Following his decent debut season with the club, Romero had his best season in the MLS and received the Impact MVP award for the 2014 season,. Another memorable moment for Romero was when he scored the first goal in the CONCACAF Champions League Final against Club America. Over his time with the Impact, Romero, was a quality midfielder that complimented Piatti very well. He was passionate and was not afraid to get scrappy at times.
The tide turned on October 10th 2015 when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. This injury did not only keep him out for the remainder of that season but it also kept him out for the whole season after that. Coming into the 2017 season fans were hopeful to see him bounce back but setbacks allowed him only to really start playing in August and he never really looked like the player he used to be anymore. Knee injuries, like the one Romero suffered, are not easy to bounce back from and even with all the work he put in to comeback it was just not a realistic goal.
Here’s to wishing him all the best in any of his future endeavors! Gracias por defender nuestros colores con el corazón. Buena suerte Romero!