March 28, 2008
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution announced today that defender Chase Hilgenbrinck has signed a contract with Major League Soccer to play for the club. Per league and team policies, terms of the deal were not released. Hilgenbrinck will occupy one of the team’s 18 senior roster slots.
Hilgenbrinck, 25, signed with the Revs after a trial this week. The left-sided defender came to the Revs after a brief preseason spell with the Colorado Rapids following a four-year playing stint in Chile.
“Chase will provide us experience and depth in the back,” Revolution Director of Soccer Michael Burns said. “We’re fortunate to be able to add a proven defender just before the start of the season.”
Before coming to MLS, Hilgenbrinck spent his entire professional career in Chile after going undrafted in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft. He signed with Huachipato of the first division and was then loaned to Naval. After his contract expired with Huachipato, he signed with Ñublense in the second division and helped “Los Diablos Rojos” gain promotion to the first division in 2006.
Hilgenbrinck played his college soccer at Clemson, where he started 58 of the 74 games in which he played during his four years. He scored three goals and added 10 assists, and was a teammate of current Revs goalkeeper Doug Warren.
The Revolution opens the 2008 season on Saturday, March 29, when the team hosts the Houston Dynamo at Gillette Stadium in a rematch of MLS Cup 2007.
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