Being able to play his final two seasons with the Philadelphia Union was a blessing for Chris Albright.
Continuing his career as the club’s assistant technical director only adds to his excitement.
Albright, a Philadelphia native, announced his retirement in October after a stellar career in Major League Soccer.
Remaining in his hometown makes this new chapter in his life that much more special.
“It’s great, and I’m obviously excited about staying in the league with the Union,” Albright said in a telephone interview with philadelphiaunion.com. “It’s a natural transition for me and I’m so excited to be doing it here. When I was playing earlier in my career, there wasn’t even a franchise in Philadelphia. To be able to stay active in the game here in Philadelphia, it’s a great feeling.”
Albright will have numerous job responsibilities, consisting of player management and movement as well as player and coaching decisions. He will also assist the Union in corporate business development areas and maintain a role as an ambassador for the club in youth development and community efforts throughout the region.
It will be a much different role than Albright had been used to as a player. There will be an adjustment, one that he’s excited about.
“I think I’ll miss the day-to-day camaraderie, especially as an older veteran player,” Albright said. “I liked helping the younger players and I think I have experience in that role which will prepare me for the next phase of my life in soccer. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Albright played for five MLS clubs and appeared in 235 matches with career totals of 11 goals and 22 assists. The three-time MLS All-Star defender won MLS Cups with D.C. United in 1999 and with the LA Galaxy in ’02 and ’05. Albright also earned 22 caps with the U.S. Men’s National Team and was a member of the ’06 FIFA World Cup team in Germany.
All of that experience will come into play in his new role with the Union.
“I feel like I have so much to offer,” Albright said. “I know the guys here on the Union and there’s a great presence in the locker room. I’m going to offer all I can to the club. I love the team. I love the city and the passion of the fan base. It’s a great opportunity at the perfect point in my life.”
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