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Early end to playing career gives Dan Kennedy an early start on what's next

Early end to playing career gives Dan Kennedy an early start on what's next

Dan Kennedy’s retirement from soccer in March was so unexpected, it caught a lot of people by surprise.

Including Dan Kennedy.

“They came to me,” he said of the Galaxy, who ushered the goalkeeper into a rocking chair at age 34. “It was a dollars-and-cents deal. I became a drag on the salary cap, and they had to make a decision.”

But if Kennedy has become adept at anything during his time in professional soccer, it is learning how to turn negatives into positives, something he managed repeatedly during seven seasons spent on awful Chivas USA teams, with which he somehow managed to become a star.

And he’s done the same this time, parlaying his unwanted retirement...

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