Hunter Freeman: “The game has given me so much since I signed my first contract as an 18-year-old.” (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)

By Michael Lewis Editor

Former Red Bulls and Cosmos defender Hunter Freeman has decided to call it career as he announced his retirement Thursday.

Freeman, 33, played for the Red Bulls from 2005-08 and for two North American Soccer League championship teams (2013 and 2015) with the Cosmos.

“The game has given me so much since I signed my first contract as an 18-year-old,” Freeman wrote on Twitter.

“Being a husband and a father of three little girls, my priorities have changed and my life is no long just about me,” Freeman wrote. “Having moved my wife and kids across the country [and globe], I am ready to give them a [slice] of what ‘home is really supposed to be. Not just a temporary setting, but a place we can put down some roots.”

Freeman went on to thank his youth coaches from FC Lynx and Dallas Texans, the Colorado Rapids, Red Bulls, IK Start, Houston Dynamo, Cosmos and Miami FC.

“I can honestly say that I had great experiences at each and every club,” he wrote. “I am thankful for all the people I have met and not to know at each and every club, and I am particularly thankful that many of those relationships still continue to this team.

He also thanked his parents, wife and children.

“To my wife and kids … where do I even start?” he said. “Considering we moved right after each of my three children were born, to say my wife is a trooper would be putting it lightly. … Thank you for your support and allowing me to chase this dream wherever it took me.”

Freeman said he had no definite plans for his future.

“As for my future, there is nothing set in stone at the moment,” he said. “I have met a lot of great people during my career both inside and outside of the soccer world and I am looking forward to whatever is next!”



Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at