Bobby Rhine

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Bobby Rhine
Bobby Rhine FC Dallas 2007-04-29.jpg
Personal information
Full name Bobby Rhine
Date of birth (1976-04-18)April 18, 1976
Place of birth Florissant, Missouri, United States
Date of death September 5, 2011(2011-09-05) (aged 35)
Place of death Florida
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Position(s) Midfield
Youth career
1994–1998 Connecticut Huskies
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2008 FC Dallas 212 (23)
1999Milwaukee Rampage (loan) 2 (0)
1999New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers (loan) 2 (1)
2000Tennessee Rhythm (loan) 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Bobby Rhine (April 18, 1976 – September 5, 2011) was an American soccer player who last played for FC Dallas of Major League Soccer.

Rhine played college soccer at the University of Connecticut from 1994 to 1998. In 1997, he redshirted his senior season in order to complete his master's degree requirements.[1] In 1998, he returned for his last season, earning second-team All-American recognition. In February 1999, the Dallas Burn selected Rhine in the first round (sixth overall) in the 1999 MLS College Draft. During his Dallas career, Rhine filled a variety of positions as an on-and-off starter, usually playing up front or in the midfield. His versatility even led to a switch to defense for the 2005 season. His best season came in 2002, when he scored seven goals and six assists and added another goal in the playoffs. In eight MLS seasons, Rhine's regular-season totals stand at 23 goals and 33 assists. In 1999, he went on loan to the Milwaukee Rampage of the USL A-League.[2] In 2000, he played one game on loan with the Tennessee Rhythm.[3] Rhine played his final career game against Los Angeles Galaxy on October 26, 2008, a game in which normal team captain Duilio Davino insisted Rhine take the captain's armband.

Rhine retired at the end of the 2008 season. Upon retiring, he accepted the position of Manager of Community Development with the FC Dallas front office. In addition, Rhine also worked as the color commentator for the team's television broadcasts.

On September 5, 2011, while vacationing with his family in Florida, Rhine died from a sudden heart attack at the age of 35.[4]


  1. ^ Uconn's Rhine To Redshirt So He Can Focus On Master's
  2. ^ 1999 Milwaukee Rampage[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ 2000 Tennessee Rhythm Archived February 16, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Carrick, Buzz. "Bobby Rhine, 35, dies of heart attack". ESPN Dallas. Retrieved 2011-09-06.