Chase Hilgenbrinck has retired from professional soccer to become a priest.
(From the Revs press release) "After years of discernment, I feel strongly that the Lord has called me to become a priest in the Catholic Church," Hilgenbrinck said. "Playing professional soccer has been my passion for a long time and I feel blessed to have successfully lived out this dream. My passion now is to do the will of God, which is wanting only what He wants for me. Though I will miss the game of soccer, I know that I am moving on to something much greater."
The defender played in Chile at one point, but he wasn't getting much time with the Revs this season. The team has now moved Kheli Dube to the senior roster.
Some will see this as another example of the low salaries of MLS squeezing out players, but perhaps Chase felt, like Ty Harden, who went to work for Goodwill when he retired young from soccer, that he was needed elsewhere.