Red Bull New York announced today that midfielder Seth Stammler will retire after the 2010 MLS season.  Stammler, the club’s longest continuously tenured player, has featured in 142 regular season matches for New York, starting 126 and logging 11,157 minutes.  He ranks tied for second in franchise history in matches started and third in match appearances.  The Gahanna, OH native has tallied six goals and 13 assists for his career and was a nominee for the franchise’s all-time Best XI.



  1. Dario Says:

    I love you Stammler…you have the heart of Red Bull!

  2. emilio Says:

    Thats a significant loss for next year at least depth wise, Stammler has been a solid player and has played very well this seasonn. He has had a good career, smart guy who is preparing for his post-playing career.

  3. Larry Red Bull Says:

    He’s not even 30. Strange.

  4. david Says:

    im shocked he looks like hes 25 but i wish the best of luck to him and i hope we win the MLS cup so he can retire him and mike and say im a champion

  5. rbfan Says:

    I understand Petke retiring, but Stammler still has some play left in him. If he wasn’t in the plans of coach Backe next year I think there is a good chance he could have been picked up in the expansion draft or found a job on another team in MLS… very strange.

  6. JayMah Says:

    Read the OFFICIAL RELEASE – he’s going to pursue an advanced degree in the University of Chicago

    “Seth approached us a few weeks ago about pursuing an advanced degree after being accepted into a prestigious program at the University of Chicago. He is committed to playing for us for the rest of the season while fulfilling his requirements in his first year in school,” said Red Bull New York General Manager and Sporting Director Erik Soler.

    • Slayer Says:

      Anyone know the specifics about the degree program?

      • Cindy Says:

        probably to something to do with finance and marketing i’m sure, that what his undergrad degree was and he had said in the past the if he wasn’t playing soccer that he’d be doing something in finance. maybe he’ll be back in NY and on Wall Street soon enough!

        the very best of luck to Seth, he was my favorite Red Bull!i have nothing but love for the guy and i’m so sad to see him go. he’s always been only a Metro/Red Bull and i only wish we can win something this year for him and Petke to retire with!

  7. karbaz Says:

    Good luck to Seth, was a good player for us, hopefully “clever” Hans Backe has got an idea of who he could replace him with for next season.

  8. NaNo Says:

    I don’t understand why a young man like Seth would make a decision like this. However you do have to look at the whole picture. I don’t know what kind of a salary he makes, but what I do know is that the wealth in the club, and in the league as a whole is not well distributed. These are professional players that probably don’t make more than $30,000 a season, if they even make that much. While other higher caliber players make way more than that. If we look at a player like Seth, we see a work horse, a guy who has earned his spot on the roster and on the league, but I bet his salary won’t prove that. Is sad to see someone like Seth having being forced to retire at his age, but then again he may have different reasons. Only Seth knows.

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