By Nicole Hack // @nikhak
Today one of my all-time favorite Chicago Fire players, Chris Rolfe, has announced his retirement from professional soccer. By showcasing his passion for the game with his quick-footed talent, he allowed me to love the magic of the beautiful game more than I already did.
Thank you, everyone ⚽️! @dcunited @ChicagoFire @aabsportdk @MLS @Section8Chicago @SectorLatino12 @ScreamingEagles @Barra_Brava @DaytonFlyers @ussoccer @daytondailynews pic.twitter.com/tRzzrcqkTV
— Chris Rolfe (@ChrisRolfe17) November 9, 2017
Help us congratulate one of #cf97‘s all-time greats on a fantastic career. Best of luck in retirement, Chris! https://t.co/NBCNxd03ML
— Chicago Fire (@ChicagoFire) November 9, 2017
In Rolfe’s tenure with MLS, I was able to establish two amusing interactions with him:
The first time I met Rolfe was at a team Meet & Greet event. I was young (25) and awkward. Rolfe was a rookie and meeting fans was unfamiliar for him. I approached Rolfe not knowing what to say, “You’re my new favorite player.” He responded by staring at me blankly.
At the Chicago Fire’s 20th Anniversary party this year, I had the opportunity to chat briefly with Chris. I reminded him that he, along with DaMarcus Beasley, are my two favorite Fire players of all-time. I explained that I had finally found my third favorite Fire player, and I asked him to guess who it could be. In less than thirty seconds, he responded, “Michael de Leeuw?” And so, my admiration for Rolfe grew.
Congrats Rolfey! #cf97 https://t.co/08bYLrCIAH
— Calen Carr (@CalenCarr) November 9, 2017
Seems like yesterday that it was 2005 and we were two first year pro’s sitting in a hot tub in Glasgow realizing that we had just played for our USMNT. We chatted about how 12 months earlier we never expected to play professionally let alone for @ussoccer. Was an honor, pal. https://t.co/FpiaXHCI9H
— Heath Gregory Pearce (@heathpearce) November 9, 2017
I’ve had some cool talks with Chris over the years, but one of my favorite memories will always be going up to Ohare to surprise him w @Section8Chicago supporters when he re-signed in 2012. What a great day. #cf97
— Jeff Krause (@Eclipse_74) November 9, 2017
Without question, Rolfe has created countless memories with those who knew or supported him during his playing days. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors. He will always have a home in Chicago.
Thank you @ChrisRolfe17. Section 8 wishes you the best in all your future endeavors. You are welcome back in the #cf97 community any time. pic.twitter.com/TAbBuuAT2U
— Section 8 Chicago (@Section8Chicago) November 9, 2017
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