- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On October 22, 2008
- 2 Comments
- Bobby Rhine, Player Retirements
Some news that most here in Dallas expected to hear at the conclusion of the 2008 season. FC Dallas midfielder Bobby Rhine is set to retire after this weekend’s game against the Galaxy after 10 years of playing in Dallas.
In all honesty it wasn’t a shocker to anyone who watched this club this season that Rhine would probably hang it up after this year. Rhine was actually one of my favorites throughout the years here in Dallas. He wasn’t flashy or sexy out on the field but for the most part he got the job done when asked.
Rhine sent a letter to his club letting him know his intentions, here is part of that letter.
“It is with mixed emotions that I announce my retirement from Major League Soccer following our last game of this season, on Sunday in Los Angeles. I am proud of my ten year career with the Dallas Burn and FC Dallas; however, I am sad to be leaving the game and the team that I love.
In my ten years with Dallas, I’ve played in many positions in three stadiums. I’ve had five coaches, hundreds of teammates, and I’ve met thousands of loyal fans. It’s these people that have kept me motivated and striving for perfection in every game and in every season. I’ve had great professionals that I’ve learned from, and I’ve relished having the same responsibility toward my younger teammates in recent years.”
You can read more of that letter here.
Rhine finished his career with some impressive stats: 211 games played in a Dallas uniform places him second on the team’s all-time list, 34 assists are third most for Dallas, and his 23 goals are the seventh most in team history.
Rhine was the first round pick, sixth overall, in the 1999 MLS SuperDraft, he started his career as a forward, was converted to a right back during the 2005 season, and has played right midfield the past two years.