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Tough, traveled Caldwell retires; opens up international slot for Toronto FC (video)

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TORONTO, CANADA - AUGUST 10: Steven Caldwell #13 of the Toronto FC runs after the ball with Clint Dempsey #2 of the Seattle Sounders FC during MLS game action August 10, 2013 at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Brad White/Getty Images)

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Two-time promotion-winning Scottish defender Steven Caldwell has retired from playing to take an executive position with his most recent bosses.

Both hard-nosed and classy, Caldwell will move from the pitch to the board room for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), the group that owns TFC.

Caldwell, 34, won promotion to the Premier League with both Burnley and Sunderland, and also spent a good chunk of time with Newcastle United and Birmingham City before moving to Toronto FC.

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The 12-times capped Caldwell was TFC’s captain but dealt with seemingly myriad injuries, and lost the arm band to Michael Bradley this winter. Caldwell made just two appearances for TFC this season.

The retirement will open up decent money and an international roster slot for Toronto FC, which badly needs reinforcements on the back end.

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