Morning Clippings, Volume 6
Morning Clippings is our newest weekly feature, bringing together top FC Dallas news from media outlets across the country. Look for it every Monday morning and start your week off right with a hot cup of DTID.
This week we come to you with a special edition of Morning Clippings dedicated to our dear friend Bobby Rhine. The FC Dallas broadcaster and former player’s sudden passing brought an outpouring of support from across the United States, many of whom voiced their condolences through special articles, blog postings and podcasts. We’ve done our best to collect many of these poignant tributes in one location, but in no way is this an exhaustive list.
If we’ve left your article or post out of the Clippings, we apologize for the oversight and encourage you to post your link in the comments section below. And to all who reached out to the FC Dallas front office, team and staff, as well as to the Rhine family, we sincerely thank you for your support.
September 6: Spanning the Twitterverse (Wide World of Tworts)
The social media space is the lifeblood of avid U.S. soccer fans, and so it was no surprise that Bobby Rhine’s sudden passing spread like wildfire via Twitter, with notable MLS players, broadcasters, coaches and fans expressing their sadness. This article captures many of the Tweets from the day that Rhine’s passing was made public, including condolences from Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl, ESPN analyst Taylor Twellman, the LA Galaxy’s Landon Donovan and many, many more.
September 6: Colorado’s Moor saddened by passing of former teammate (ColoradoRapids.com)
Colorado Rapids defender Drew Moor was a teammate with Bobby Rhine during his time with FC Dallas. Moor writes a first-person account of his grief over the loss and how much Rhine impacted his career. “Part of why I have a deep love and passion for the game, and know how to take care of myself off the field, and the way I try to treat people off the field, is because I spent four seasons with Bobby Rhine at FC Dallas,” Moor writes.
September 6: Podcast in memory of Bobby Rhine (Around The League)
The popular Around The League podcast dedicated their Week 25 broadcast to Bobby Rhine, memorializing him through some of his best play-by-play calls and their own personal memories. The hosts, who were good friends of Rhine and his wife Bevan, voiced the grief felt by fans across the U.S. and expressed condolences to his family and friends.
September 6: Gentleman and ambassador will be missed (Soccer Matters with Glenn Davis)
Soccer analyst Glenn Davis, host of the Houston radio show “Soccer Hour with Glenn Davis” on 790 AM in Houston, reminisces about calling a joint Houston/Dallas broadcast with Rhine. Davis calls their relationship “two kindred spirits at work” and notes that Rhine was always upbeat in their dealings.
September 6: UConn mourns the loss of former All-American (UConnHuskies.com)
The University of Connecticut mourned the passing of one of the all-time greats in their soccer program’s history. Head men’s soccer coach Ray Reid called Rhine “a fantastic player and an even better person.” Rhine was a two-time All-American in college and was UConn’s first-ever pick in the MLS draft.
September 6: Fan favorite for a reason (Dallas Morning News)
Dallas Morning News soccer blogger and longtime Dallas soccer supporter Peter Welpton writes about Rhine’s rare transition from an attacking player to a defender, attributing his success to being “the team-first guy he always was.” According to Welpton, the same work ethic he displayed on the field translated directly into his post-playing days in the broadcast booth. “Just like his transition from attack to defense, Bobby tried harder than anyone else I know and was far more successful at it, sooner, than anyone could have imagined.”
September 6: “One of the most positive human beings I’ve ever been around” (Hartford Courant)
The local Hartford, Connecticut newspaper remembered the former UConn Huskie for his impressive college career, interviewing head coach Ray Reid, who Rhine played for from 1996 to 1998. "You will not find one person with a bad story about this kid," Reid said. "Anyone that came in contact with his smile knew what he was about."
September 6: Gone too soon: Bobby Rhine was a class act (FOX Sports Southwest)
Longtime FC Dallas beat writer Steve Hunt writes that Bobby Rhine “wasn't just the consummate team player for FCD, he was also the ultimate soccer ambassador.” Hunt reflects on a memory from last November as FC Dallas was preparing to play in their first MLS Cup, saying Rhine was beaming from ear to ear over the prospect of his beloved club playing for their first MLS title.
September 6: Remembering Rhine (The USA 10 Kit, soccer blog)
Soccer blogger Jon Arnold writes: “I didn’t know Bobby Rhine well, but I knew him better than I deserved to. Bobby didn’t know me from any other kid in school, yet he always treated me how I saw him treat everyone else – with complete respect.” Arnold, who writes for The USA 10 Kit blog, calls Rhine’s work for FCDallas.com and in the team’s broadcast booth “a joy to listen to…clearly enjoying the ride with the team he loved.”
September 7: He’s someone I aspire to be like (PortlandTimbers.com)
Portland Timbers forward Kenny Cooper, who played with Bobby Rhine for three seasons in Dallas, mourns his friend’s passing in this article from the Portland Timbers website. Cooper said he last spoke with Rhine when the Timbers played in Dallas on June 25. “He was genuinely real, and it wasn’t just sometimes. Every day he’s that person, a genuinely kind person….he’s someone I aspire to be like.”
September 7: First person view (Partially Obstructed View, soccer blog)
This popular soccer blog notes their connection to Bobby Rhine through his work in soccer media, including the Total Soccer podcast and Rhine’s weekly radio show, Soccer Today on ESPN 103.3. “His positive and energetic outlook on the game left an impression on me,” wrote the blogger. “He seemed a good man, who met every question with a patient smile and a thorough, thoughtful answer.”
September 7: In his own words (ESPNDallas.com)
FC Dallas blogger Buzz Carrick, who has covered the team since 1997, mourned by surfing the Internet, consuming everything that had been written and said about – and by – Rhine over the years. His post includes a link to the FCDTV video made after Rhine became the 36th player in MLS history to play in 200 games during his career.
September 8: Rhine’s passing leaves a huge void (DallasSoccerNews.com)
Longtime Dallas soccer writer Phil Stephens remembers Bobby Rhine in this touching column, calling his passing “one of the saddest and most bewildering times in my life.” Stephens remembers Rhine’s playing career, his attitude on and off the field and the work ethic that led him to success as both a player and broadcaster for FC Dallas.
September 10: Soccer Today pays tribute (ESPN 103.3 FM)
ESPN 103.3 FM launched Soccer Today in early 2011 with Bobby Rhine joining Luis Perez and Marc Stein to talk soccer each Saturday morning. The weekly show marked the beginning of a new phase in Rhine’s career, as well as new friends and contacts in the broadcast industry. Perez and Stein were joined last Saturday by SI.com writer Steve Davis to pay tribute to their friend and radio partner. This clip, which ran at the end of the show, features some of Rhine’s best plays on the field as well as some of his best calls from the broadcast booth.
September 12: Zach Loyd pays tribute with jersey (Goal.com)
Goal.com writer Kyle McCarthy notes that FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd wore number 91 in Saturday night’s game with the New England Revolution in tribute to Rhine. Loyd, like Rhine during his playing career, usually wears number 19 for Dallas. For his part the UNC product said it just didn’t feel right to take the field in Rhine's shirt so soon. “I decided to go with 91. I hope people got the meaning behind it,” said Loyd.
September 13: A friend in the highest regard (FCDallas.com)
FC Dallas beat writer Robert Casner remembers Rhine as someone who left an immeasurable impact on his young career in the soccer industry. Casner talks about their daily chats during FC Dallas training sessions and how much Rhine taught him about the sport. But more than anything, Casner remembers the pride with which Rhine would talk about his family. Casner writes “his voice will forever echo around the stadium and his laugh will be forever etched in my head.”
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