Monday, July 14, 2008

Hilgenbrink asks "WWJD?"

Chase, we hardly knew you.

It was announced on the team website today that 26 year defender, Chase Hilgenbrink, has retired from professional soccer. He made the decision to enter the seminary in pursuit of becoming a Catholic priest.

The moves comes as somewhat of a shock to us, as we had no idea of his ambitions in this endeavor. The decision to retire opened up a roster slot, for which the team used the opportunity to promote 25 year old Zimbabwe native, Kheli Dube. Hilgenbrink had made 4 appearances for New England in MLS matches, and appeared in both US Open Cup matches.

In his limited time with the team, Chase helped supply a thin Revolution defense with serviceable ability at the back. Now the Revs find themselves very limited in the defensive options. Only recent acquisition Pat Phelan, and rookie Christ Tierny have even seen first team action this season in MLS. Valentino and Brill have seen time in USOC games, but have yet to see the pitch for MLS matches.

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