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Preston Zimmerman leaves SV Darmstadt 98, apparently plans to retire
   June 17, 2013 (3:41 PM) by Howie Michaels     Email This Post Email This Post

Preston Zimmerman, who has spent the last two years in the 3. Liga with SV Darmstadt 98 and had reasonable success on a poor team, is apparently stepping away from the game to return to school:

The lilies have to survive next year without Preston Zimmerman, Stefan Hickl and Marcus Steegmann. The trio announced Monday his departure from Böllenfalltor known. Zimmerman attacker wants to end his athletic career with only 24 years and initially after completing his studies to work. “This decision is not easy for me. I am most grateful for SV 98 and his fans for the wonderful time,” the American said. His strike partner Steeg man rights defenders Hickl and pulled it free to the West division side Viktoria Köln.

Surprised to see another member of the 2007 U-20 squad retire? Think an MLS unretirement happens in three months?

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7 Responses to “Preston Zimmerman leaves SV Darmstadt 98, apparently plans to retire”

  1. Kyle says:

    “Quitters never win” – Lombardi

  2. Gregory says:

    Probably best for Zimmerman to get an education, he would probably only make around the MLS minimum. MLS gave Irish League Ryan Guy $48k a year contract.

    Unlike most American MLS players, Zimmerman never went to college.

  3. Trent Hill says:

    He can go to college anytime–including when he’s actually done athletically at age 35 or so. He ought to enjoy his gifts while he has them. Go back to MLS and do some try-outs, so long as you’re still enjoying the game.

    Ryan Guy got the minimum, but he was also coming from a league that wasn’t even full time–it probably doubled his salary.

  4. daniil says:

    There is more to life than playing football. For zimmerman to turn football into a full-time real career would take an incredible ammount of sacrifice. There are likely other things he’d want to spend his days doing, and he might not even be that keen on being a footballer. And a good whitecollar career will get him more than he could likely make playing football and for more years.

  5. Gregory says:

    Trent I agree with you, but it can suck being treated like a horse.

  6. Howie says:

    he most likely wasn’t going to be making enough money to retire young so I can see the appeal of trying to start college now and finish before he’s 30 instead of trying to go to school when he’s 32 and getting an entry-level job at 36.

  7. Trent Hill says:

    Daniil–of course there is more to life than football. But in the third division of Germany, he was probably still making better money than most people are at 25.

    College and careers can be undertaken at any time. Playing soccer for a living is on a very limited schedule.

    If he isn’t having fun anymore, I get that. But if he is, I’d encourage him to keep having fun. He has 5-10 more years to prove his worth, make more money, and figure out how to keep making money out of football after he’s done.

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