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Former U.S. internationals and Chicago Fire teammates Chris Rolfe and Justin Mapp both took to social media to express gratitude to fans, teammates and family in announcing their respective retirements on Thursday.

Neither Rolfe, 34, nor Mapp, 33, played in 2017, with the former having been sidelined since April of 2016 after sustaining a concussion while playing for D.C. United and the latter sidelined by injuries after making just six appearances for Sporting Kansas City in 2016.

The two spent five seasons together cheap jerseys from China in Chicago from 2005 to 2009, combining for 297 appearances for the club and accounting for 50 goals between them.

Mapp, who spent his entire career in Major League Soccer, won two U.S. Open Cups and a Supporters’ Shield with the Fire early in his career before being drafted by the Montreal Impact in the 2011 expansion draft. He was part of two Canadian Championship teams in Montreal, where he played from 2012-2015.

Mapp also made eight appearances for the U.S. national team and was part of the 2007 team that won the Gold Cup.

Rolfe also spent most of his career in MLS, although he did play two seasons in the Danish top flight with AaB Fodbold from 2010-2012.
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The Kettering, Ohio, native made 10 appearances for the U.S. and was enjoying a resurgence with D.C. United before sustaining a concussion that ultimately ended his career.

Rolfe is still battling the effects of the concussion and told the Washington Post:: “If I put it in a positive light, it’s a lot easier to cope and believe things are going to get better.

“And if they don’t, I am going to be okay. I’ll be able to figure it out. I am strong enough. I will find things that bring me happiness and joy outside of things I can’t do anymore.”

In what turned into a memorable night for the league’s Golden Boot leader, Chicago Fire forward Nemanja Nikolic got the party started early by notching his 22nd goal of the season just three minutes into Sunday’s 3-2 come-from-behind victory against the Philadelphia Union.

In what turned into a memorable night for the league’s Golden Boot leader, Chicago Fire forward Nemanja Nikolic got the party started early by notching his 22nd goal of the season just three minutes into Sunday’s 3-2 come-from-behind victory against the Philadelphia Union.

In lieu of his usual fist pump or knee slide celebration, Nikolic ran to the Fire bench to grab and hoist up a Michael de Leeuw jersey in honor of his recently injured teammate.

“This goal was for him,” Nikolic said. “Just to show him that we love him and we wait for him to get back. He’s a really important part of this team, a real fighter, a real teammate.”

In what turned into a memorable night for the league’s Golden Boot leader, Chicago Fire forward Nemanja Nikolic got the party started early by notching his 22nd goal of the season just three minutes into Sunday’s 3-2 come-from-behind victory against the Philadelphia Union.

In lieu of his usual fist pump or knee slide celebration, Nikolic ran to the Fire bench to grab and hoist up a Michael de Leeuw jersey in honor of his recently injured teammate.

“This goal was for him,” Nikolic said. “Just to show him that we love him and we wait for him to get back. He’s a really important part of this team, a real fighter, a real teammate.”

The Dutch attacker was injured in the Fire’s last outing — a 1-1 home draw with NYCFC on Sept. 30 — and diagnosed with a season-ending ruptured left ACL. He’d played 30 games this season with 26 starts, picking up three goals and eight assists as the engine of the Fire attack.

“He helped me a lot from my first day when I came here,” Nikolic said. “When I had bad momentum, he was close to me, gave me advice sometimes. It helped me. It’s good when you have a player who plays in a similar position like you, but he want to help you. He’s a real sportsman.”

Nikolic went on to score his 23rd and 24th goals in what became a match full of memorable happenings, none more so than the moment of love shown to the Lion.

“We wish him all the best and we wait for him to get back,” Nikolic said. “He knows this, and I just wanted to show the players, club, supporters, everybody is behind him.”

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