San Diego Wave FC goalkeeper Carly Telford today announced her retirement from professional soccer. A 20-year professional veteran, Telford played for Sunderland, Leeds United, Charlton Athletic, Chelsea FC, Perth Glory, Notts County, Liverpool and San Diego Wave.

“After 20 years of playing this beautiful game, it’s time for me to hang up the old boots and gloves. I feel so lucky and blessed to have been able to do this for so many years.”

Carly Telford, former San Diego Wave FC Goalkeeper

A full letter from Carly Telford about her retirement can be viewed here.

Telford, 35, joined the Wave ahead of the 2022 season, making six appearances and 18 saves, while playing a pivotal role as veteran leader for the club in its inaugural year. The veteran’s final season was highlighted by a standout performance against Racing Louisville on July 15, 2022, where she tallied 6 saves including a result-saving penalty kick to secure the clean sheet.

“Carly is an extraordinary person, athlete and professional and it’s been an honor not just to be her coach, but a former teammate as well. She always had a positive attitude in whatever role she was asked to play for this club and was the perfect pro. We will support her as she moves forward with this next step in her career and life, and we wish her the best of luck.”

Casey Stoney, San Diego Wave FC Head Coach

Telford began her professional career in 2002 with Sunderland, in her native North-East, and Leeds United before signing for Chelsea in 2011. The 5-9 goalkeeper spent a total of seven years with Chelsea, split between two stints with the club, totaling 76 appearances. Her most recent stint included five years at the club and during her time with the Blues, she helped them win three Women’s Super League titles, the Spring Series crown, two FA Cups and Two League Cups.

A member of the England Women’s National Team for over a decade, Telford earned her first international debut on March 11, 2007. She has since earned 27 caps for her country, while being a part of three World Cup squads (2007, 2015, 2019), along with being named a member of the Tokyo Olympics team.


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