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Cody Cropper Announces Retirement
The former Revs keeper will transition to coaching following a 13-year professional playing career.
Former New England Revolution goalkeeper Cody Cropper has hung up his cleats as the 30-year-old took to Instagram to announce he was retiring.
Cropper’s retirement comes after a 13-year career that saw him play throughout the United States and England. Cropper came up in the Ipswich Town youth system before jumping to Southampton’s U-21 squad. Cropper then joined MK Dons before becoming a free agent in the summer of 2016.
Cropper’s time in New England began on August 18th, 2016, when New England signed the then 23-year-old keeper. Cropper made his Major League Soccer debut on October 23rd, 2016, when his two saves led the Revs to a 3-0 shutout victory over the Montreal Impact.
Cropper appeared in 28 contests in 2017, where he conceded 50 goals while making 28 saves and notching eight clean sheets. After suffering a concussion and the surge of Matt Turner, Cropper did not appear in 2018.
Cropper appeared in seven contests for the Revs in 2018 before being loaned to USL Championship side Hartford Athletic. Cropper appeared in nine matches for Hartford and conceded 18 goals while notching one clean sheet.
Following the 2019 season, Cropper joined the Houston Dynamo ahead of the shortened season. Cropper made zero appearances in Houston before joining FC Cincinnati for the 2021 season. Cropper appeared in one match for Cincinnati before joining USL Championship side Memphis 901 FC on loan. Cropper appeared in 15 matches for Memphis and conceded 22 goals while notching four clean sheets.
Vancouver Whitecaps added the veteran keeper on March 15th, 2022. Cropper played some of his best soccer over his 19 appearances in Vancouver. He appeared in 15 MLS contests and 24 goals while notching five clean sheets.
Cropper’s greatest contribution came in the Canadian Championship, as Cropper appeared in all four matches, notching one clean sheet while only conceding three goals. Cropper came up huge in the tournament's final as his goalkeeping led to a 5-3 shootout victory over Toronto FC to award Vancouver their first Canadian Championship since 2015!
Cropper briefly joined USL Championship’s Orange County SC in March of 2023. Cropper appeared in 11 matches for Orange County before Monday’s announcement.
While Cropper’s playing career has come to an end, he’s already embarked on his next journey in the game as he will join the University of St. Thomas’ men’s soccer team as an assistant coach under Jon Lowery.