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Major League Soccer Player Retiring to Earn an MBA

U.S. professional soccer player Seth Stammler plans on retiring at the end of the Major League Soccer season. Stammler, who plays for the New York Red Bulls, is not retiring because of age or injury.

He's retiring to pursue an MBA.

Leaving Professional Soccer Behind for an MBA

Drafted by the New York Red Bulls out of the University of Maryland in 2004, Stammler figures a better life is ahead when he enters the business world. He will attend the University of Chicago and work on an MBA in analytical finance. He currently earns $123,900 as a midfielder for the Red Bulls, but he believes an MBA offers more opportunities.

"It's always a good idea," says Stammler in a Chicago Sun-Times article, "to have something in the back of your mind you'd like to get into."

Sure he will miss playing in front of 25,000 but he's prepared for the change.

"I've always been realistic about this and knew it wouldn't last forever. I'm sure there will be days when I miss playing."

Stammler will join another notable athlete who earned an MBA, Shaquille O'Neal. O'Neal earned his Master of Business Administration degree in June 2005.