After 14 years in Major League Soccer, Babylon native Chris Wingert is calling it a career.
The Long Island native has spent most of his professional career out west as a fixture on the defense for Real Salt Lake where he made 247 appearances. In total, Wingert played in 339 MLS games having also spent time with Columbus Crew, Colorado Rapids and New York City FC.
In announcing his retirement, Wingert thanked the fans for their support and each organization for the opportunity they provided him to play professional soccer. On a local note, he acknowledged New York City FC for selecting him in the 2014 expansion draft, which gave him the opportunity to play in New York in front of family and friends at Yankee Stadium.
Among his career highlights was lifting MLS Cup with Real Salt Lake in 2009.
Prior to turning pro, Wingert played his college ball at St. John’s University where he won the 2003 Hermann Trophy as the best player in college soccer. He graduated from St. John The Baptist High School in West Islip.