Defender Chase Hilgenbrinck
, 26, is leaving the New England Revolution to enter a seminary, where he'll study for the next six years in order to be
ordained as a Roman Catholic priest. Hilgenbrinck, an Illinois product who played college ball at Clemson, played four years in Chile before coming to MLS this season.
played four games (one start) for the Revs.
"I felt called to something greater," Hilgenbrinck told the
. "At one time I thought that call might be professional soccer. In the past few years, I found my soul is hungry for something else.
"I discerned, through prayer,
that it was calling me to the Catholic Church. I do not want this call to pass me by. It's not that I'm ready to leave soccer. I still have a great passion for the game. I wouldn't leave the game
for just any other job. I'm moving on for the Lord. I want to do the will of the Lord, I want to do what he wants for me, not what I want to do for myself."