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Former Atlanta United defender Mark Bloom announces retirement

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The Georgia native calls it a career

After an eight year career, defender, Mark Bloom has decided to retire from professional soccer.

To those who have constantly been told that you can’t, you can! I’m thankful for every day of this dream I’ve lived. Sad to say goodbye, but I will always be grateful for all the relationships I’ve built over the years. I thank God for the opportunity to play soccer and for all that He has given me. Thank you to my wife, family, friends, and fans who have supported me over the years. And thank you to all of my teammates who I am proud to call friends.

Bloom was apart of the inaugural roster for Atlanta United last season. He was acquired via trade from Toronto, which sent Bloom to Atlanta and,expansion draft selection Clint Irwin back to Toronto. Making only two appearances for the club last season he was not an integral part of the squad but provided good right back depth and solid performances when called upon.

The 30-year-old ends his career having played for various clubs such as Atlanta Silverbacks, Charlotte Eagles, Toronto FC and Atlanta United. Being born and raised in Marietta, GA it seems fitting that he ends his career last playing for his hometown team.

Best wishes in your life after soccer Mark!