World Cup Vet Wicky Heads Into Retirement

CARSON, Calif. -- World Cup veteran Raphael Wicky has retired from soccer.

The midfielder played for Chivas USA last season, making just five appearances because of injuries. He had reconstructive surgery on his right ankle in July.

"I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to everyone at Chivas USA for giving me the opportunity to play in Major League Soccer," Wicky said in a statement. "I had a wonderful experience with the club, and only wish that I could have contributed more on the field."

Wicky joined Chivas USA from FC Sion in his native Switzerland, where he began his professional career. He also played six seasons in the German Bundesliga with Hamburg SV, and had stints in Spain and with Werder Bremen of the Bundesliga.

Wicky was a mainstay on the Swiss national team from 1996-06.

At the 2006 World Cup, Wicky started all four games before Switzerland was eliminated.

"Raphael had a great career as a player, and was a positive influence in our locker room," Chivas USA coach Preki said. "We'll miss him, and want to wish him the best of luck moving forward."

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