The Pendleton Panther

Zac Herold

Posted on: May 18, 2010

17 year old Zac Herold, from the US u-17 national team recently was forced to retire from playing soccer. He was forced to retire due to a heart condition; he was a 2010 MLS super draft second-round pick. He suffers from the heart condition Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, this condition causes abnormal thickening of a part of the heart muscle.  If he were to continue playing the strenuous activity could lead to a fatal irregular heart rhythm.  Zac has been very positive about the whole situation although he never in million years thought he’d have to stop playing the sport he loved and has gone so far in.  “Announcing my retirement from soccer at this age is something I never, ever thought would happen to me, I am grateful to Dr. Smith, and all the specialists I’ve seen over the last few months – this news was very hard to take but I know it’s the best decision for me and my health. My parents have been with me every step of the way, and it means so much to me that I’m able to `retire’ as a Toronto FC player. The whole team has been wonderful to me and my family and although it’ll be a tough day, I’m looking forward to seeing everyone on the 22nd.”

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