It was the news this past week no Philadelphia Union fan expected to hear or read: Ray Gaddis announcing his retirement from the league. The 31-year-old right back announced his retirement on Thursday after nine seasons in MLS, all of them with the Union.
Unfortunately for the fans, Gaddis is ending his career without a single goal. It was back in 2019 when fans really started the trend of “if Ray scores, we riot.” Since then there were a few close calls for the defender. Ultimately he ends his MLS career with not being able to convert any of his 11 shots on goal.
Taking a look at social media since the announcement, you would find nothing but positive posts for the player.
After the announcement, the Union also released a video tribute to Gaddis. The 13-minute video featured messages from both former and current teammates. It also included messages from the technical staff and some other players from the league.
The sudden news now creates a hole in the backline for sporting director Ernst Tanner and team manager Jim Curtin to fill. Heading into camp the U have two right outside backs that will obviously be competing for the starting job, Olivier Mbaizo and homegrown player Nathan Harriel.
Let us know in the comments below about what your initial reaction was, and what you think the Union should do at the right back position. We also have a poll running about the possibility of number 28 being inducted into the ring of honor one day. We would love for your input there is a well.