Is it injuries--No.
Is it lack of playing time? (only four MLS appearances this year for the Revs, but his career with the Revs only began in March)--No.
Is it burn-out? No.
Is it lack of money? Not exactly.
What on earth is it you may ask? Well, probably nothing on Earth, but a higher power.
Quite literally, Hilgenbrinck is retiring for God.
The New England Revolution has announced that defender Chase Hilgenbrinck has decided to leave the club and retire from soccer to enter a Catholic seminary in Maryland to prepare for a new career in the ministry. Hilgenbrinck, 26, signed with the Revolution on March 28, 2008 following a four-year career in Chile. He made four appearances in MLS first-team matches, including one start. A native of Bloomington, Ill., he also started the Revs' two U.S. Open Cup victories this month. Additionally, he started all six of the reserve team's games for which he was available, captaining the team twice. "After years of discernment, I feel strongly that the Lord has called me to become a priest in the Catholic Church," he said.If God has a starting XI, does Hilgenbrinck make it by default?
Congrats to Hilgenbrinck, seriously!!