07/14/2015 10:49 EDT | Updated 07/14/2016 01:12 EDT

Former Toronto FC captain Steven Caldwell retires from soccer, becomes MLSE exec

TORONTO — Former Toronto FC captain Steven Caldwell announced his retirement from soccer on Tuesday, ending a 17-year career.

Caldwell will transition into his role as director of corporate development with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of Toronto FC.

The 34-year-old Caldwell made 49 combined appearances, scoring one goal for Toronto FC.

He was named captain on July 13, 2013 and wore the armband in 40 matches for Toronto, remaining captain until the conclusion of the 2014 season.

Caldwell's final match was on March 14 in Columbus, where he was substituted at half-time due to injury.

He joined Toronto FC on May 7, 2013 on loan from England's Birmingham City. He signed a permanent contract on July 2, 2013 following the completion of his loan agreement.

Caldwell retires as the second longest serving captain in Toronto FC history, behind Jimmy Brennan.

The Canadian Press