Dallas Soccer: Bobby Rhine
Off the field, Moor is one of the true nice guys in sports. Nice to fans, a strong leader, good friend, quality teammate ... he's good people.
Don't believe me? Just take a look at this picture from Sunday's FC Dallas game.
That's Moor taking a moment at the Inferno's Bobby Rhine tribute banner.
Drew Moor, a class act.
The tournament, held November 23-25 at the FC Dallas Stadium complex, will field 130-150 teams in the Under-11 through Under-16 age groups. Four teams (one each in the U-13, U-14, U-15 and U-16 age groups) will ultimately qualify for the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup based on their results in the Bobby Rhine Fall Invitational presented by MoneyGram.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to assist FC Dallas in every way possible to have a successful qualifying tournament,” said Randy Jones, Dallas Cup tournament manager.
FC Dallas Vice President of Youth Chris Hayden echoed Jones’ excitement about the new qualifying tournament and the potential top tournament field expected at FC Dallas Stadium in November.
“We are also pleased we are honoring the legacy of Bobby Rhine with what will become a prestigious youth event held in Frisco each Thanksgiving,” said Hayden. “Bobby Rhine meant so much to our organization as a player, coach, broadcaster and friend. This event will remind our fans, supporters and the overall youth soccer community of Bobby’s selfless and enduring contribution to FC Dallas.”
Rhine, who spent his 10-year MLS career as a player for Dallas, and then retired to the broadcast booth and front office with the club, passed away suddenly in September 2011 at the age of 35.
“Our boys and I are so proud to have this tournament named for Bobby,” said Rhine’s wife, Bevan. “Bobby played in Dallas Cup as a youth player and coached in it several years ago. He was always impressed by the Dallas Cup's long term commitment to keeping the tournament one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world. I know he would be honored to have his name associated with a qualifying tournament that helps to ensure the exceptional quality of the Dallas Cup.”
After ending his playing career following the 2008 season, Rhine remained as a key figure with FC Dallas, making valuable contributions in both community development and broadcasting.
During his career, Rhine appeared in 212 games for Dallas, making 136 starts and playing more than 12,000 minutes. He scored 23 goals and recorded 34 assists. His goals total is good for eighth all-time in the FC Dallas record books, while his assists total ranks fourth behind Jason Kreis, Oscar Pareja and Ronnie O’Brien. Rhine was selected in the First Round (sixth overall) in the 1999 MLS SuperDraft.
In addition to the naming the invitational after Bobby, the FC Dallas Foundation is starting the Bobby Rhine Heart Project which will provide life protecting devices to sports complexes and facilities.
“Bobby Rhine was a great friend to all of us here at the Dallas Cup and we are only too pleased to assist Bobby’s wife, Bevan, and the FC Dallas Foundation in raising funds for the Bobby Rhine Heart Project,” said Gordon Jago, executive director of the Dallas Cup.
Both men made huge contribution to FC Dallas and soccer in North Texas soccer both on and off the field. FC Dallas has posted a video about the ceremony for fans to watch.
- A product of the Atletico Nacional youth program, made his professional debut with Independiente Medellin in 1987.
- Independiente Medellin 1987-1995
- 1995 purchased by Deportivo Cali winning their first title in 22 years during the 95-96 season.
- Deportivo Cali 1995-1998
- May 26, 1998 allocated to New England Revolution.
- Acquired from the New England Revolution on August 15, 1998 for Damian Alvarez.
- Dallas Burn / FC Dallas 1998-2005: 189 regular season games, 13 goals, and 52 assists. 17 playoff games, 5 assists.
- MLS Best XI in 2002.
- Retired in 2005.
- Colombia national team: 11 games, 3 goals.
- Member of the 1991 Colombia squad that finished 4th at Copa America.
- Two seasons as FCD assistant
- Spent part of a year as an assistant to longtime friend and newly-appointed United States U-17 Men’s National Team coach Wilmer Cabrera.
- Become the Director of Player Development for the FC Dallas Youth system in mid-2008
- Built the FCD Academy to one of the best in the nation, in 2010-11 rated the best in the nation among over 70 different clubs.
- 2010-11 U-18 Academy Coach of the Year
- 2010-11 led FCD U-18s to a runner-up finish at the national championship
- 2011 named FC Dallas Reserve team head coach.
Oscar Pareja MLS Career Highlights
- Second Team All-American in 1998 at UConn.
- Drafted out of the University of Connecticut 6th overall with Dallas’ first round draft pick.
- Made his first start for Dallas against the then-San Jose Clash on May 15, 1999. (Scored 2 goals, the first off an assist from Pareja.)
- Best season: 2002, 7 goals, 6 assists, 1 playoff goal.
- 212 games played, 23 goals and 34 assists all in a FC Dallas uniform.
- A striker or midfielder for most of his career, moved to defense in 2005.
- Named captain for his final match against LA Galaxy on October 26, 2008.
- Retired in 2008 and moved into the FCD front office as Manager of Community Development.
- Part time coach for FC Dallas Youth.
- Started the second half of his career in broadcasting as the FCD color commentator and later play by play man.
- Passed away September 5th, 2011.
Permanent Tributes to Bobby Rhine
- 2011 Walk of Fame inductee
- Bobby Rhine Fall Invitational (youth soccer tournament)
- Bobby Rhine Memorial Scholarship (awarded annually to a player in the FC Dallas Youth system)
- "Forever Our Voice" banner hanging below broadcast booth
- Bronzed cleats leading FC Dallas onto the field (2012)
- Commemorative flag on the South Concourse (2012)
Bobby Rhine Tribute Video
Still a well done video and worth a watch.
Chapter Four, Part One
Chapter Four, Part Two
If you haven't been following along all season, you should for sure go back and watch from the beginning.
The club will honor the late Bobby Rhine in their first MLS home match since the popular former player passed away when it tries to extend the New York Red Bulls' winless streak to nine games.
A first-round pick by the Dallas Burn in 1999, Rhine spent more than a decade with the organization. As a player, he had the franchise's fourth-most assists with 34 and eighth-most goals with 23. Rhine later worked in the front office and was a broadcaster for the club before he died Sept. 5 at the age of 35.
"I had the pleasure of coaching him during his time as a player and Bobby always gave his all to FC Dallas," coach Schellas Hyndman told the team's official website. "He brought a daily smile and an unmatched passion and love for the club and his teammates."
FC Dallas (13-8-7) will have its players and staff wear black armbands bearing his initials and jersey number. A moment of silence will be held before the game and a video tribute to Rhine will be shown at halftime, with members of his family in attendance.
Dallas lost 2-0 at New England last Saturday in its first game since Rhine's death. It followed that with a 1-1 draw against Panamanian club Tauro on Wednesday in the CONCACAF Champions League.
"It was just a group of errors we need to work on and hopefully improve on," defender Zach Loyd said.
Dallas top scorer Marvin Chavez is out with an ankle sprain. Midfielder Brek Shea should return after he rested Wednesday.
Chavez scored twice in a 2-2 draw at New York on July 23.
"It's a lot of pace, a counter-attack side, a very aggressive defending side, pressing all over the pitch to give you less time on the ball," said New York coach Hans Backe about Dallas.
The Red Bulls (6-6-15) are one point behind D.C. for the fourth and final wild-card playoff spot. New York is 0-3-5 since a 5-0 win over Toronto FC on July 6.
New York will be without Roy Miller (adductor strain) while fellow defender Tim Ream is questionable with a lower leg contusion. Jan Gunnar Solli is suspended after being sent off in last Saturday's 1-1 draw with expansion Vancouver.
"We're trying not to look at who is going to be missing or not," forward Thierry Henry said. "We have to go in and try to win some games. We didn't win a lot of games this year, we did not lose a lot but we but we did not lose a lot so we have to try to grab points."
Despite their winless run, the Red Bulls are confident they can spark a turnaround.
"I have a good feeling for this Saturday game," Backe said. "I think definitely if we play smart we can pick up points."
But FCD supporters might have yet another reason to love this Oklahoma native after last week. That’s because Loyd, who used to wear No. 19, the same digits that Bobby Rhine wore during his playing days, came to Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman about changing his number after learning about Rhine’s untimely death due to a heart attack early last week.
No one who knows Loyd was the least bit surprised by the gesture, especially his head coach.
“What people don’t know is that immediately, [Loyd] came to us and said if you’re looking at potentially retiring his number or me not wearing his number, I support that. He brought it to us and that’s the type of quality players that you want,” Hyndman said. “You want players that think about team first.”
Against New England last Saturday at Gillette Stadium, Loyd flip flopped the digits and sported No. 91 for the 2-0 loss to the Revolution. However, after practice Friday morning at Pizza Hut Park, he was wearing No. 12, digits he figures to sport for the rest of the season.
Always the unassuming type who is as humble as they come, he talked about his decision to switch numbers to honor Rhine.
“Bobby Rhine’s been such a big part of this organization. Even when I came here, I knew of Bobby Rhine. The whole number thing, I respected him as an MLS player,” Loyd said. “Then I got here, just getting to know him as a person, he was a great guy and I felt like to kind of honor his name or pay tribute to him, it was the right thing to do to give up that number. I reversed it to 91 against the Revolution as kind of a tribute to him. Just out of respect, he’s done so much for this organization. He was a great guy and he’s still very missed. He always will be missed. That’s kind of the story behind the number.”
Loyd was a first-round pick, going high in the 2010 MLS Super Draft. And even though Rhine was some two years removed from his last action as a player, the former player turned broadcaster and FCD front office employee was one person who had an immeasurable impact on the ex-North Carolina Tar Heel.
“I wasn’t here [when he was playing] but I knew of him. I paid close attention to the league and when I got here, I heard great things about him,” Loyd recalled. “I definitely looked at him when I got here as a mentor in a way, a great guy who was always positive off the field just whenever I talked to him and we’d talk about the game or anything. I definitely see some similarities between us. Bobby was a great guy and it’s sad he had to go so soon.”
FC Dallas players, staff and fans will join together to pay tribute to Bobby Rhine at Saturday’s match versus Red Bull New York with black arm bands and a moment of silence, as well as a video tribute to the beloved player and broadcaster at halftime.
Rhine’s initials will be painted on the field and a special banner will hang from his regular broadcast booth during the match. Defender Zach Loyd, who has worn Rhine’s No. 19 for the past two seasons, will change to No. 12 for the remainder of the season.
Brek Shea will join MLS Commissioner Don Garber, FC Dallas President and CEO Doug Quinn and members of the Rhine Family in leading the pre-game March to the Match, which will leave from The Londoner Frisco at 7 p.m. Fans can collect their own black wristbands in Rhine’s honor at the gates in exchange for a donation (amount of the fan’s choice) in Rhine’s honor to the FC Dallas Foundation. Collected funds will be put in a trust for Rhine’s two children.
The game, presented by Subaru with associate sponsors Cash America and Gruma, is also a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Night with Latin music in the Budweiser Beer Garden and regular Beer Garden specials of $2 beer and $4 wine and Hornitos margaritas.
|Marc Stein and Luis Perez pay tribute to the late Bobby Rhine on this week's "Soccer Today" show. |
He was also the driving creative force behind "Soccer Today" alongside co-hosts Luis Perez and Marc Stein. To honor Rhine's memory, Perez and Stein will be joined in studio for this special edition by SI.com's Steve Davis, who covered Rhine's playing career in Dallas extensively.
This week's guests on the show are two of Rhine's favorite former teammates: Real Salt Lake manager Jason Kreis and ESPN analyst Shaka Hislop.
"Soccer Today" airs at 7 a.m. Saturday.
The thing is, you can’t do this with Bobby Rhine.
All the wonderful things you’ve been reading about him over the last few days . . . they’re absolutely true. He was one of those people. If you ever met him, just to say hello and shake his hand, you had his complete attention, and for that brief moment you were the most important person in the world. He was generous, kind, humble, funny, smart. He was all the virtues wrapped up in one smiling face. He was, without qualification, one of the finest people any of us has ever met.
I can’t claim to have been an intimate friend with the man, and I was just barely an acquaintance. But he made an impression on me that will never go away. And what I saw of him on the field and in the booth only serves to cement in my memory all of the good things about him.
Two quick stories.
After a gutting loss in the playoffs at Pizza Hut Park, Bobby walks all the way over to the Inferno section, after all the other players had gone off to the locker room. He shook every hand, spoke to every Infernite, apologized for disappointing us, wished us well, then made the long slow walk all the way back across the field. His posture and slow steps gave away his sincerity. It was a prime example of a class man acting with class. A gracious man being gracious. A generous man being generous. I’ll never forget that.
There was a pre-season scrimmage between FC Dallas and the as-yet unnamed Houston franchise. It was February, and it was freezing cold. Despite that, there were a dozen or so hardcore Inferno types watching, cheering and jeering and having a great time. The ball goes out of touch, right by the fence where we were all standing, and Bobby retrieves the ball for the throw-in. We give him a big cheer, naturally, and upon hearing it, looks over at us and realizes it’s the Inferno. He gets a big ol’ grin on his face and says, “Hey guys!”, then proceeds with the throw. It was one of the most charming, genuine, fun moments I’ve ever had at a Dallas game. Not one in a million professional athletes would have done something like that. But that was Bobby Rhine. He was the real deal.
People always use phrases like “died too early” or “gone too soon” during a time like this. And of course, it’s true. If the world wasn’t so absurd and senseless, Bobby would have been with us for years and years to come. But, on the other hand, I want to quote good old Seneca, one of the stoic philosophers, who said:
“As it is with a play, so it is with life—what matters is not how long the acting lasts, but how good it is.”
Bobby Rhine, though he wasn’t with us nearly long enough, certainly got things right while he was. You can’t say better than that about anyone.
What I found was endless stories and articles about him; anecdotes from fans, players, and coaches; pics of him as both a player and broadcaster; videos of Bobby as both a player; videos he had made working for FCD; and numerous tributes of all kinds.
One video stuck with me more than anything else I found and I kept coming back to it in my mind. It's Bobby Rhine speaking about himself.
Bobby had very little ego about him, he always spoke of what a privilege it was to play the game of soccer at a professional level, how honored he felt by the respect and admiration of fans and compatriots. He frequently, at least in my opinion, vastly undersold the level of his talent and his contribution to FC Dallas.
In this video, which FCD made to recognize Bobby's 200th game for FCD, he speaks about the evolution of FCD foremost and only at the end does he speak about himself. That was the Bobby Rhine I knew, team before self. It will not surprise those that knew him, but the memory he mentioned as being perhaps his quintessential moment is the one where he was playing hurt and in pain, yet still working his tail off and scoring.
That was Bobby Rhine in a nut shell.... 100% effort in every single thing he ever did. Pure heart. Always.
So here it is, Bobby Rhine, in his own words.
Rhine is survived by his wife Beven and two children.
Rhine, who was born in St. Louis, became a star at Connecticut, where he was a second-team All-American. He was drafted by FC Dallas sixth overall in 1999. Over his career with FC Dallas, Rhine played multiple positions. Starting out as a striker, he notably scored a hat trick in the first game in which his future wife came to watch him play. Over his career, Rhine also performed at a high level as a midfielder and defender.
He retired at the end of the 2008 season with 23 goals in 212 appearances. Rhine moved into the front office and became the manager of community development as well as the color commentator for FC Dallas matches. This season, he moved into the play-by-play roll.
I was privileged to call Bobby Rhine a friend. I have long felt I was a better person for knowing Bobby, a man of conviction and integrity. He was the hallmark FCD player for me as his career has coincided with the birth and growth of 3rd Degree. But none of that conveys was a great person, father and friend he was. Always happy, upbeat and positive, Bobby was always willing to stop for a chat or share a joke no matter how busy or overloaded he was. His love of the game was only overshadowed by his love for his family. He will truly be missed.
Bobby Rhine, rest in peace my friend.
(8:00 p.m. CT, FSSW+).
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION & POST-GAME FIREWORKS TONIGHT
Presented by Budweiser
FC Dallas and Columbus will play the second leg of the Pioneer Cup tonight at Pizza Hut Park.
The night will include a special halftime presentation from The American Fallen Soldiers Project and post-game Fireworks as part of the City of Frisco's Freedom Fest celebration.
In honor of Independence Day fans have donated 5,000 tickets to treat U.S. troops and their families to Saturday’s game. Pre-game festivities will feature a special skydiving demonstration presented by RE/MAX with Special Forces Airborne Ranger Sgt. 1st Class retired Dana Bowman.
For the third season, FC Dallas has teamed with the American Fallen Soldiers Project for a special halftime presentation. This year’s honoree is Army Staff Sgt. Kevin “Casey” Roberts, who was killed in action on May 7, 2008. The AFSP was founded by artist Phil Taylor, who has created a special original portrait of Roberts that will be unveiled at halftime and presented to his wife and children. Representatives from the AFSP will be collecting donations on the concourse during the game.
JULY 2 MATCH DAY INFO:
- 6:30 p.m. Gates open with drink specials on the Budweiser Beer Garden including $2 beers,$4 'ritas and $4 wine
- 7:00 p.m. March to the Match led by Bobby Rhine
- The first 1,000 fans to the Londoner for the March will receive a FREE hand-held American Flag
- Prior to the game we will recognize all Active-Duty, Reserve and Veteran members of the Armed Forces
- 8:00 p.m. Kickoff
- Halftime presentation by the American Fallen Soldiers Project
- Post-game Fireworks as part of the City of Frisco's Freedom Fest celebration
BOBBY RHINE TO LEAD TONIGHT'S MARCH TO THE MATCH
Bobby Rhine was drafted by the then-Dallas Burn sixth overall in the 1999 MLS Draft after playing college soccer at the University of Connecticut. He had his best year in 2002 when he scored seven goals and tallied six assists. Rhine scored a total of 23 goals and had 33 assists over the course of his 10-year MLS career. After Rhine's final career game in 2008, he retired and is now the TV analyst and play-by-play man for FC Dallas.
On Saturday, Rhine will lead the March to the Match. Join us at The Londoner to celebrate Bobby and Uncle Lamar, and get ready to cheer on FC Dallas!
REFEREE: Jorge Gonzalez.
MLS Career: 61 games; FC/gm: 24.5; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 18; pens: 17
SAR (bench): Bill Dittmar;
JAR (opposite): Paul Scott;
4th: Mark Declouet
FC DALLAS – OUT: DF Edson Edward (R knee ACL tear); MF David Ferreira (R ankle); FW Maykel Galindo (R hamstring strain) …
COLUMBUS CREW – OUT: DF Josh Williams (R hip labral tear); MF Dilly Duka (R ankle sprain); DF Shaun Francis (L hamstring strain); MF Leandre Griffit (abdominal strain); FW Emilio Renteria (L quad strain); DOUBTFUL: MF Danny O'Rourke (L knee surgery); QUESTIONABLE: DF Julius James (R adductor strain); PROBABLE: GK William Hesmer (neck spasms)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: DAL: Fabian Castillo (Colombia U-20)
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: CLB: Emmanuel Ekpo
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: DAL: George John, Andrew Jacobson, Brek Shea, Zach Loyd … CLB: Kevin Burns, Tommy Heinemann, Julius James
ALL-TIME (39 meetings):
Crew 16 wins (1 shootout), 54 goals …
FC Dallas 15 wins (1 shootout), 53 goals …
AT DALLAS (18 meetings):
FC Dallas 11 wins (1 shootout), 32 goals…
Crew 5 wins (1 shootout), 20 goals…
- Second-half goals from Mendoza and Eddie Gaven gave the Crew a 2-0 victory in the first meeting between the teams, April 1 in Columbus.
- The Crew haven’t won at Pizza Hut Park since a 2-1 victory, Aug. 30, 2008.
- FC Dallas last won at Crew Stadium on Oct. 6, 2007, the Crew winning the next two meetings before last year’s tie.
Schellas Hyndman v CLB: P7 W1 L4 D2 …
Robert Warzycha vs. DAL: P7 W3 L2 D2
FC DALLAS TEAM NEWS
FC Dallas won for a second consecutive match, rolling to a 4-0 victory against the Portland Timbers on Saturday evening at Pizza Hut Park. FCD has 31 points from 15 games on the season, in a tie for second place in the Western Conference.
- FC Dallas scored more than three goals in a game for the first time since Sept. 12, 2009, a 6-3 win against the LA Galaxy.
- With striker Fabian Castillo training with Colombia’s under-20 national team in advance of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, Hyndman was again forced to reconfigure his attack.
- In addition, Jackson moved into a midfield role, his first start since May 28. He had played primarily as a fullback in each of his previous appearances this season.
- Including Jackson’s late strike, three of the FC Dallas goals were scored by players listed as defenders.
- FC Dallas also scored two goals from corner kicks, giving them five on the season from corners, second-most in MLS (along with Chivas USA) behind Seattle Sounders FC (7).
- On Tuesday, a late Milton Rodriguez goal gave FC Dallas a 3-2 win against USL PRO Orlando City SC in the round-of-16 of the U.S. Open Cup. Goals from Jackson (39) and Ricardo Villar (50) answered a Max Griffin goal for Orlando, then a stoppage-time goal from Yordany Alvarez tied the game before Rodriguez’s heroics minutes later.
COLUMBUS CREW TEAM NEWS
The Columbus Crew won their consecutive match in impressive fashion, easing to a 4-1 victory against the Colorado Rapids on Sunday evening at Crew Stadium. The Crew have 24 points from 16 games on the season, in a tie for second place in the Eastern Conference.
- The Crew scored four goals in a game for the first time since a 4-0 win against New England on Sept. 6, 2008. They also played with a man advantage for the seventh time this season after an opponent’s red card.
- The Crew once again allowed a goal in the opening 10 minutes of a game. They’ve allowed five in the opening quarter-hour, third-most in MLS, behind Toronto FC (8) and Portland Timbers (6).
- Andres Mendoza has now scored six goals in the last seven games, his seven goals now one behind the league lead held by Charlie Davies (DC), Landon Donovan (LA) and Thierry Henry (NY).
- Tommy Heinemann scored his first MLS goal, making a fifth start in the last seven games.
- Andy Iro made his first start of the season at center back, as Julius James was unavailable after suffering an adductor injury.
- On Tuesday, the Crew were the only MLS team to go down to defeat in the round-of-16 of the U.S. Open Cup, falling 2-1 to USL PRO side Richmond Kickers. After Nozomi Hiroyama gave the Kickers a 20th-minute lead, Cole Grossman equalized for Columbus 15 minutes later, but Matthew Delicate hit for the match-winner five minutes from the end.
The show will include coverage of FC Dallas but won't be exclusive to the Red Stripes. The initial show will cover the FCD season to this point and then delve into the CONCACAF Gold Cup games at Cowboys Stadium.
It's going to be nice to have some FCD and soccer talk back on the radio here in town. Stay tuned for more details.
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“We are thrilled to launch ‘Soccer Today’ on ESPN Radio,” said Tom Lee, program director, 103.3 FM ESPN Dallas. “The popularity of soccer in America is at an all-time high. Luis, Bobby and Marc will bring a wealth of information and entertainment to the soccer fans of Dallas-Ft. Worth.”
Stein has been covering the NBA for ESPN.com and the ESPN family of TV and radio networks since September 2002. This is his 18th season as an NBA reporter, but he’s a lifelong soccer fan who covered the 1994 World Cup for the Los Angeles Daily News and considers himself America’s No. 1 Manchester City supporter. Stein also had a very brief playing stint with the Dallas Sidekicks of indoor fame in 1999, signing a one-week contract for a first-person story he wrote while working for the Dallas Morning News.
“I’ve lived in the Dallas area for nearly 15 years and I don’t remember hearing too much soccer talk on the radio in that time,” said Stein. “I know how excited I’d be just to listen to a show like this, so having the chance to actually join Luis and Bobby in studio every week to talk about proper football for an hour … it’s an honor.”
Perez was the sports anchor for Telemundo in Dallas, the nation’s fifth largest Hispanic market, for seven years. He has worked for ESPN Deportes Dallas for the past three years as host of the local show Charla Deportiva and co-host of the national show Zona ESPN. Luis is in his ninth season as color commentator of the Dallas Cowboys Spanish radio broadcast and in his first season as color commentator for the Texas Rangers.
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