Player Profiles: Irish in the MLS
These days, Irish youngsters are heading off to Australia rather than America after they finish college. A few years ago, America was the place to go on a J1 visa. Similarly, there isn’t many Irish soccer players in the US Major League as there once was.
There is however, one youngster, Danny Earls, who has made the grade at the highest level of soccer in the United States. His teammate Ciaran O’Brien also qualifies to play for Ireland via his father, Fran O’Brien.
Name: Danny Earls
Club: Colorado Rapids
Date of Birth: 22 April 1989
Place of Birth: Dublin, Ireland
Position: Defender, Midfielder
Squad Number: 2
1996-2001 – Wicklow Rovers AFC (Wicklow League)
2001-2004 – St. Joseph’s Boys AFC (DDSL)
2006/07 – Aston Villa (English Premier League) – O Apps
2008 – Rochester Rhinos (USSF Division 2) – 18 Apps, 1 Goal
2009 – Rochester Rhinos (USSF Division 2) – 24 Apps, 0 Goals
2010 – Colorado Rapids (MLS) – 16 Apps, o Goals*
*Correct to 08 September 2010
Capped for Ireland at U15, U16, U18, and U19 levels.
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