Winters, 27, has played for the Reign in all four seasons of its existence, making 78 appearances and tallying five goals and three assists.

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Seattle Reign midfielder Keelin Winters, who has been the club’s captain since 2013, announced on Saturday her intention to retire from professional soccer at the end of this NWSL season.

Winters, 27, has played for the Reign in all four seasons of its existence, making 78 appearances and tallying five goals and three assists. The former University of Portland Pilot previously played for the Boston Breakers of the now-defunct WPS, the Seattle Sounders Women of the USL W-League and FFC Turbine Potsdam in Germany.

Winters represented the United States at the U-23 level, but though she was called into USWNT training camp back in 2012, she never earned a cap with the senior national team.

“She’s given us absolutely everything on the field for the last four seasons,” Reign coach Laura Harvey said of Winters in the release. “I call her the glue of this team. She’s always tried to do the right thing and make sure everyone is included.

“She’s going to be very difficult to replace both on the field and off the field. Keelin has been somebody that everybody’s leaned on at some time or another. She’ll be truly missed, but we wish her the best.”

Seattle hosts its Memorial Stadium finale on Sunday against the Washington Spirit before playing at Houston on Sept. 25. Five points out of the playoff spots with two games to go, the Reign needs to win out and get plenty of help if it is to reach its third straight postseason.