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After being released by Racing Louisville FC, goalkeeper Michelle Betos took to social media to thank the city of Louisville and reveal that she “never wanted to leave.”

“From the first day I got here, you felt like home,” she wrote. “Representing this city was truly an incredible honor, and captaining the side will always be one of my most meaningful achievements.

“I will never be able to express my gratitude to everyone who made this experience so special, but I do owe it to all of you to let you know that I never wanted to leave. When circumstances changed in the club, I still wanted to be here.”

Betos was a staple in the net for Louisville during the club’s inaugural season, making 20 appearances and logging a total of 96 saves – good for second in the league. But when the deadline came for teams to exercise options on contracts, Betos was released by the team.

“My plan was to retire here. To play out the best and last years of my career, and to leave this pace and these players better than when I found them,” she wrote, revealing that it has been “a really tough time for me.”

“I’m confident I will land on my feet and end up exactly where I am meant to be,” she continued. “Thank you for the memories, the lessons and the pride of representing this city. I will always carry them with me.”