Vatican Soccer Feeder System Just Got a Boost

Chase Hilgenbrinck, a New England Revolution defender, has chosen the priesthood over soccer, leaving the club this week to join a seminary. The 26-year-old will spend the next six years working to become a Roman Catholic priest.

Priests playing soccer

Hilgenbrinck, who played sparingly for the MLS squad and spent time previously in Chile playing professionally, considered the move for years before finally beginning the process last year. We wonder if “team chaplain” would be too obvious for the Church, but we submit the suggestion regardless.

Also, we’re now disappointed that Hilgenbrinck wasn’t selected for the Olympic squad as one of the three overage players. We know his defending isn’t up for the task, but the U.S. Olympic soccer team will need prayer more than marking skills to have any shot at medaling in these Games.