Zach Kirby Retires From Strikers
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Defender Zach Kirby announced his retirement, Sunday at Lockhart Stadium, after a five-year career at the professional level, the last three with Miami FC and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
“I made the decision to close this chapter in my life as a professional soccer player,” said Kirby. “I want to thank everyone within the organization, all the way from the players, to the front office, to everyone with Traffic Sports. They’ve all helped me in numerous ways.”
“Zach has been a warrior for this organization and has fought through a lot of injuries,” said Strikers Head Coach Daryl Shore. “We commend him for his service to the club, he had a great career and now it’s his time to start the next chapter in his life.”
Kirby played a total of 36 games with Miami FC and the Strikers between 2009 and 2011.
“It’s been a great experience, a lot of people here believed in me and supported me,” said Kirby. “The game has made me the person I am today. It’s given me the ability to deal with adversity.”
Kirby was a member of the Atlanta Silverbacks in 2008, playing 17 games with the club. The Georgia native was voted “Player of the Year” by the Atlanta fans.
“Being named Player of the Year by the fans in Atlanta was a great honor,” said Kirby.
Kirby was drafted in the 2nd round (22nd overall) of the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft by the Los Angeles Galaxy. He then signed with the Wilmington Hammerheads of the USL Second Division, playing five games at the end of the season.
Kirby played college soccer at Boston University from 2003 to 2006. He was the 2006 America East Defender of the Year, and graduated with a bachelor degree in psychology and business administration.