Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
TFC's Herold retires at 17
May 18th, 2010 12:45AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] Toronto FC's Zac Herold, who started for the USA at the 2009 Under-17 World Cup, has retired at the age of 17 after it was discovered he had a heart condition.

Herold is at risk of developing a potentially fatal irregular heart rhythm, or arrhythmia, because he suffers from the condition Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).

Before Saturday's  game against New England, Toronto will honor Herold in a ceremonial coin toss at BMO Field.

"Early in preseason, we did medicals on all our players, and obviously our doctor, Ira Smith, was concerned with some of Zac's results," said TFC general manager Mo Johnston. "From there he then began a series of tests with a variety of doctors, in both Canada and the U.S. Zac's health was first and foremost in this process. Our hearts go out to Zac and his family; it's a very difficult situation. We felt it was the right thing to do by honoring him in front of our fans, and give them a chance to show their support."

Herold grew up in the Florida youth program that produced Jozy Altidore and attended the U.S. U-17 residency program in Bradenton, Fla.

He was one of two 2009 U-17s to be taken in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft.



0 comments
  1. Kenneth Barr
    commented on: May 20, 2010 at 12:47 a.m.
    The very best of luck to Zac. A shame he can't continue in the game, but life is far more important. Perhaps TFC has a front office position for him, i.e. scout, something in coaching or community work.


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Video Pick: The Bundesliga's Top 5 golazos     
The German Bundesliga's 23rd game day lived up to the league's reputation as the Europe's highest ...
Region IV teams sweep ODP titles again     
For the second straight year, Region IV teams won all four ODP Championships. Cal South took ...
What They're Saying: Sinisa Mihajlovic    
"Let's be clear. I didn't take his neck, I took his shirt, pushed his chest and ...
Johnson hits Gladbach winner; no stopping Tijuana    
Fabian Johnson scored his first goal since moving to third-place Borussia Moenchengladbach in its 2-0 victory ...
2015 MLS Preseason Action    
Preseason play wrapped up Saturday with the Houston Dynamo (Carolina Challenge Cup), New York Red Bulls ...
MLS: Projected opening day lineups    
MLS is slated to start its 20th season on Friday when the defending champion LA Galaxy ...
Gallardo shines as U.S. U-17s rout Cuba     
Joe Gallardo, who suffered a broken shinbone last August, scored a hat trick as the USA ...
Garber: 'Nobody's looking for a work stoppage'    
Speaking at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston on Friday, MLS commissioner Don Garber ...
What They're Saying: Univision's Juan Carlos Rodriguez    
"If the rights are already fixed, there's little incentive to FIFA to award 2026 to the ...
2015 MLS Preseason Action    
The MLS preseason wraps up on Saturday with 18 of 20 teams in action, all but ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives