In a surprising move, Kyle Nakazawa has retired at the relatively young age of 24.
The former Philadelphia Union midfielder has apparently left the world of professional soccer, according to Adam Serrano. The LA Galaxy insider tweeted that Bruce Arena, head coach of the defending Major League Soccer champions, informed Serrano of Nakazawa's decision.
Nakazawa was drafted by the Union in 2010 out of UCLA and played for two seasons in Philadelphia. He was unable to find a niche while with the Union, receiving inconsistent playing time under then-head coach Peter Nowak.
The Union later traded Nakazawa to the Galaxy for a second round SuperDraft pick and a temporary international roster slot, which the club used to sign Cristhian Hernandez to a Home Grown Player contract. Nakazawa had played in the Galaxy academy system prior to heading to college, but LA did not sign him to a Home Grown Player contract before he became eligible for the SuperDraft.
In 41 appearances, 24 of them starts, in MLS, Nakazawa had one goal and three assists, all with the Union through 2010-11.