Wednesday evening, Hunter Freeman played his final match as a member of the green and white. He was not available for comment after the match, but today shared a statement on his social media channels for the members of Cosmos Country.
Freeman was a member of the 2013 reboot Cosmos, appearing in the first match on August 3rd, 2013 and making 87 appearances between the regular-season, post-season, and US Open Cup. He was second in overall appearances only to his longtime teammate Carlos Mendes.
“Hunter is obviously a huge part of this club,” said the team captain in post-game yesterday. “He’s been here from the start. He’s a leader. He’s a great player, he’s a great person, so he’s going to be missed.”
“I’ve been here with him from the start; we played together at Red Bull. We’ve been friends a long time, so I’ll definitely miss him on and off the field.”
Primarily employed as a right back, he was asked to take on more duties at center back across the season. One of his biggest moments of the year came up in the Bronx when he made a slide tackle to keep NYCFC of a wide-open net, something that potentially saved the outcome of the match.
Freeman now heads to Miami FC, rejoining former Cosmos Mike Lahoud and Gabriel Farfan. While both those losses hurt, this one really stings as Hunter always showed a deep appreciation for the fans from treating the supporters’ tailgate to beers to the words he wrote above thanking them for his kind words, his loss is definitely an impact on and off the field.
From This Is Cosmos Country, we wish you happy trails and good fortune, Hunter.
Except when you play us.