MLS has witnessed a great deal of change since launching in 1996. The standard of soccer has soared. Passionate, knowledgeable supporters now cheer their teams on from inside soccer-specific stadiums, and the league is continuing to expand.
But as we look forward to a bright and healthy future, let’s not forget those who have gone before. And so, it is with this in mind, that we continue our series of ‘Where are they now?’
Feature interviews will appear on ColoradoRapids.com with some of your favorite former players. We will hear of their MLS memories, and how they’ve spent their time since leaving the Rapids.
Seth Trembly was a fan before he was a player of the Colorado Rapids, and claims to have helped set up the first-ever supporters group.
Now aged 31, it was as a high-school student in Littleton that Trembly first fell in love with his hometown club.
“I love my community,” he said. “And that made the Rapids special. Me and my brother, and our high school friends created ‘The Jolly Green Men’, that were one of the Rapids’ first supporter groups. We would show up to the Rapids game and sit behind the goal and cheer, and do all the European chants and try to get into the other players’ heads.”
- INTERVIEW: Seth Trembly (taken from the Rapids Podcast)
From watching in the stands at Mile High Stadium, Trembly would have the honor of pulling on the team jersey when making his debut in 2000.
“I’d grown up being in the stands for playoff games," Trembly recalls. "And I was one of the kids cheering on the team and dreaming of being out there. To get to sign for your hometown club at such a young age, I was just excited and eager to make a big impression.”
Trembly was just 17 when he joined the Rapids ranks, arriving at the end of 1999. He made his debut on April 1, 2000, playing the last two minutes of a 3-0 loss at Kansas City as a substitute for Anders Limpar.
In his first season, Trembly managed just four substitute appearances, totaling only 21 minutes. His first start came the following season, in a 3-2 home loss with LA Galaxy on April 28, 2001. The Galaxy team on that day included rookie Brian Mullan. The Rapids’ line-up consisted of three players that would go on to gain Gallery of Honor status – Paul Bravo, John Spencer and Marcelo Balboa.
Injuries hampered Trembly’s career. He would manage only one start and 12 appearances in his first three seasons.
“The injuries came at pivotal times, when I was really starting to play,” he said. “My first three years (at the Rapids), it was tough. Glenn Myernick was there the first year, so I was kinda in the squad. He then got fired and Tim Hankinson came in, so we were trying to impress a new coach.”
Trembly would go on to make 52 appearances for the Rapids, before departing over the Rockies to Utah, where he spent two seasons at Real Salt Lake (2005-06).
“I had a great time,” he stressed. “We had a talented team in Colorado the whole time I was there. It was good to play with legends like Marcelo Balboa and Chris Henderson, and Mark Chung, John Spencer, Pablo Mastroeni and Kyle Beckerman.
“For me the best moment was my first start (of 2003), against DC United. I got man-of-the-match. We tied zero-zero. We had been 0-8-1 the whole season. That spurred us on, as we beat the Revolution 4-1 in our next game, and I scored my first goal.”
It was during his spell at RSL that he enjoyed his finest moment – and it didn’t come on the soccer field. Laid low once again by injury – this time by a twice-torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) – Trembly put his time to good use.
“The second time I was working my way back (in 2006), I thought ‘I’ve got to do something else besides this (working out in the gym) to get my mind off of it’, because it was devastating,” he explained. “I’d been playing regularly for Salt Lake, and was a big part of their plans going forward.
“It was really tough, so I went and joined up with a few of my buddies that also enjoyed playing music, and we made a CD and put on a benefit concert to raise money for ‘Right to Play’, and their efforts for bringing sport to underprivileged countries around the world.”
At the end of what could have been a frustrating 2006, Trembly was named RSL's Humanitarian of the Year.
His playing career came to an end following a season at Montreal Impact – then a USL team – in 2007.
Trembly speaks with pride as he recalls being a part of the original US U17 residency camp of 1999 at the Bradenton Academy, alongside Landon Donovan, Oguchi Onyewu, Kyle Beckerman, DaMarcus Beasley and Bobby Convey – all of whom would go on to star for the national side at senior level.
“From one to 18, everyone went on to have pretty good professional careers, which says a lot about what was going on down there with that group,” Trembly said.
And, having emerged from what was a tremendous crop of teenage talent 14 years ago, Trembly is now doing his bit to help the next generation.
“After 2007 I was getting into a little bit of coaching, but still trying to play. I then came back to Denver and got into coaching, with the Colorado Rush for two years.
“Then I moved out to San Diego and I’m currently coaching San Diego Surf and assistant at the University of San Diego, just trying to pass on the knowledge and the love of the game to the kids.”