MLS New England Revolution

Au revior, Femi: Former Rev Hollinger-Janzen announces retirement

Former Revolution third-round SuperDraft choice Femi Hollinger-Janzen has retired from professional soccer, the former striker announced on Instagram Wednesday morning.

“Ever since I was a little kid,” Hollinger-Janzen wrote in the post, “my dream was to play professional soccer. For those of you who do not know, I was born homeless in a park and had a leg deformation called Blount’s Disease. My parents were told I would never walk properly, let alone run. But God had different plans for me.

“I thank God, family, coaches, teammates and friends for supporting me in my dream, oh and also to all those who doubted me. Growing up in Goshen, Indiana that was all it really was, a dream. And for those of you who know how that dream came to fruition have no other explanation but to say that it was truly all God.

“Today I am announcing my retirement from soccer. Soccer, I thank you for all the memories and relationships you have allowed me create over the years. Stepping away from the sport I love so much is tough, but God reveals other plans in your life that are far greater than yours. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5). Do not let what you love define who you are but find your identity in God. I have so much peace in making this decision and I am so excited to start this new chapter of my life. Thank you.”

Hollinger-Janzen came to Foxborough as the Revolution’s third-round selection in the 2016 SuperDraft, the 51st player overall, out of Indiana University, where he had scored 22 goals and eight assists in 88 appearances for the Hoosiers.

He signed with the Revolution on March 16 that year and made his Major League Soccer debut four days later; two months later, he scored the first of his two goals in the league, doing so against Chicago.

Following that season, he was left unprotected by the Revs and was subsequently taken by Minnesota United in the Expansion Draft, but was traded back to New England in exchange for goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.

In 2018, Hollinger-Janzen was used sparingly by former coach Brad Friedel, with the main highlight of his season a 74-minute appearance in the US Open Cup, an appearance where he was mainly invisible. He would then go out on a one-match loan to Tulsa Roughnecks of the USL Championship.

Following the 2018 season, Hollinger-Janzen’s contract option with the Revs was declined, and he subsequently signed with Birmingham Legion in the USL Championship, where he played for former Revs coach Jay Heaps (as the team’s general manager) and his assistant coach Tom Soehn.

He scored once in 23 appearances for the Legion in 2019.

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