FRISCO — FC Dallas midfielder Daniel Hernandez, who played in four MLS Cup championship matches, announced his retirement from professional soccer after a lengthy career.
The club said in a statement Wednesday that the former John Tyler and SMU standout would retire immediately and move into a coaching role.
The 36-year-old Hernandez played for five MLS teams over a 13-season American career. His career spanned more than 15 years total, counting multiple stints in Mexico.
He recorded six career goals and 20 assists and served as a captain on FC Dallas’ 2010 team that won the Western Conference championship.
Hernandez logged 204 matches with 164 starts during his MLS career. He played more than 15,000 minutes.
“Being able to play out the past four seasons of my MLS career in front of my friends and family here in Dallas has been very memorable,” Hernandez said in a statement released on the team’s website. “I am excited to start the next phase of my MLS career with FC Dallas.”
Coach Schellas Hyndman said the club looks forward to working with Hernandez as he moves to the sidelines.
“FC Dallas appreciates all the hard work and leadership that Daniel Hernandez has demonstrated over the past four seasons,” Hyndman said. “We look forward to working with Daniel as he steps into a coaching role with the club.”
Hernandez, a Tyler native who has a field named after him in his hometown, also played for Hyndman at SMU. Hernandez was named the college player of the year and All-American his senior year at SMU.
The LA Galaxy drafted Hernandez out of college in 1998. Hernandez spent 1 ﾽ season with the Galaxy before playing for three teams the next four seasons: the Tampa Bay Mutiny (1999), Metro Stars (2000) and the New England Revolution (2002).
In 2003, Hernandez headed to the Mexican Primera division to play for Necaxa. He returned to the Revolution two years later.
Hernandez enjoyed another three-year stint in Mexico from 2007-09 with Puebla and Jaguares de Chapas. He went back to Necaxa the following season prior to coming to Dallas.
Before reaching the MLS Cup with Dallas, Hernandez started in three finals with New England in 2002, 2005 and 2006.
Daniel Hernandez Professional Career
1998-99 — Los Angeles Galaxy
1999 — Tampa Bay Mutiny
2000 — New York MetroStars
2000 — Tampa Bay Mutiny
2001-02 — New York Metro Stars
2002-03 — New England Revolution
2003-05 — Necaxa (Mexico)
2005-07 — New England Revolution
2007 — Puebla F.C (Mexico)
2008 — Jaguares de Chiapas (Mexico)
2009 — Necaxa (Mexico)
2010-12 — FC Dallas