Frisco, TX – Former FC Dallas player and current broadcaster Bobby Rhine died Monday night of an apparent heart attack. He was 35.
Rhine spent more than a decade with Dallas both as a player and member of the front office. After ending his playing career after the 2008 season, he stayed as a key figure with the club making valuable contributions in both community development and broadcasting.
He was selected in the first round of the 1999 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, and spent his entire MLS career with Dallas.
"It is an extremely sad day in the history of FC Dallas," said Doug Quinn, President and CEO of FC Dallas. "Bobby was the voice and face of our club and always a very popular figure with our fans."
Rhine appeared in 212 games for Dallas, making 136 starts. 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. He retired from after the 2008 season.
"I had the pleasure of coaching him during his time as a player and Bobby always gave his all to FC Dallas," said Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman. "He brought a daily smile and an unmatched passion and love for the club and his teammates.
"He will be missed by the entire FC Dallas family."