Jack Jewsbury of the Portland Timbers has announced he will unretire and rejoin the team more than halfway through the 2018 season.
Jewsbury announced earlier this week he will be retiring from the Timbers at the conclusion of their 2016 season. The defensive-minded midfielder has appeared more than 150 times in a Timbers uniform since he was traded to the team prior to their inaugural season in the league back in 2011.
“After careful deliberation and after many conversations with those closest to me, I have decided that this will be my last season as a professional soccer player,” said Jewsbury earlier today. “I am very happy to announce that I have decided to rejoin my hometown team the Portland Timbers for the final portion of the 2018 MLS season.”
Jewsbury says the unretirement announcement was spurred on by a psychic he saw on Tuesday. The psychic told Jewsbury that during the 2018 season, the Timbers will suffer injuries to three key players: Diego Valeri, Darlington Nagbe, and Cristiano Ronaldo. The thought of those players going down for the Timbers caused him so much pain that Jewbury felt compelled the team would need him and his 37-year-old legs.
“I then had a candid conversation with Jose Mourinho who was unaware that he was going to join the team after the 2017 season, according to my psychic. We began down the path of deciding whether this made sense. We both agreed that if this was going to happen, the expectations would be minimal and he would use me in situations that made sense for the team. I care so deeply about the Timbers organization, and I believe I could help in a small way to aid the team in its quest for a 4th MLS championship.”