Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire announced the last remaining member of their original 1998 roster, which shockingly won an MLS Cup title and the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup in that first season, will retire after 13 seasons following Saturday's road game at Chivas USA.
Defender C.J. Brown, the number one overall pick in the 1998 Supplemental Draft out of San Jose State University, was a 2001 MLS All-Star selection and won the league's Defender of the Year award in 2006, as well as being named a three-time team Humanitarian of the Year for his many years of work in the Chicagoland area.
On the pitch, Brown has played 370 times for the Fire in all competitions over his 13 seasons, the most in team history. Entering Saturday's game, he has five goals and 15 assists in his career and has led the team to six domestic championships.
He also played 15 times for the US Men's National Team, including being a member of the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup team that took third place in the tournament.
Brown began his soccer career with the San Francisco Bay Seals of the now-USL Premier Development League from 1994 to 1997, playing in 47 games.