Salute to an emperor: Claudio Suarez calls it quits

The 41-year-old made the announcement on a Mexican TV sports show

The on-again,
off-again retirement of 41-year-old Claudio Suarez seems to be on … this time
for good.

TV Azteca on Friday
reported that the former Chivas USA defender has publicly announced his
retirement from professional soccer. He made the statement via telephone on a
popular Mexican sports program, Los Protagonistas, and added that he will be
looking to entering the coaching ranks in Mexico.

Chivas USA
confirmed on Friday that Suarez was not on the team’s roster. He was in and out
of preseason training camp this year. He departed to Mexico shortly after the
start of preseason following the passing of his mother. 

Suarez then
returned to Chivas USA training for a little over two weeks, only to leave for
good at the beginning of this month. "El Emperador" had a public
falling out with the club before the start of the 2009 season, only for him to
return to the roster. During the 2009 season he played in just five
matches. 

Suarez joined
Chivas USA in 2006 after a storied career in the Mexican league, including
stints with UNAM Pumas, Chivas Guadalajara and Tigres. To this day is
the all-time appearance leader in Mexican National Team history (178 caps).

He said that he
plans on remaining in Los Angeles, California conducting academies and clinics
along with former Chivas USA players Ramón Ramírez and Martín Zúñiga.