Conor Doyle

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Conor Doyle
Personal information
Full name Conor Joseph Doyle[1]
Date of birth (1991-10-13) October 13, 1991 (age 22)
Place of birth McKinney, Texas, United States
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
D.C. United
Number 30
Youth career
2008–2009 Dallas Texans
2010 Creighton Bluejays
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Derby County 22 (0)
2013 D.C. United (loan) 14 (2)
2014– D.C. United 15 (0)
National team
2010–2011 United States U20 6 (4)
2011 Republic of Ireland U21 1 (0)
2011– United States U23 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 July 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 August 2013

Conor Joseph Doyle (born 13 October 1991) is an Irish-American soccer player who plays for D.C. United.


Youth career[edit]

Doyle played his youth football with the Dallas Texans Soccer Club and McKinney Boyd High School,[2] from which he graduated in December 2009 in order to enroll early at Creighton University, where he was scheduled to play college football (soccer) for the Bluejays. He appeared in all seven spring exhibitions for the Bluejays in 2010, helping the team to a perfect 7–0–0 record.[3]

Derby County[edit]

However, on 6 August 2010, he signed with Football League Championship club Derby County on a two-year contract before ever making an official appearance for Creighton.[4] He made his full debut as a second half substitute in a 1–0 defeat away to Crewe Alexandra in the League Cup First Round on 10 August 2010.[5] He made his first league appearance at home in the 2–1 defeat to Cardiff City on 14 August 2010, in the Championship.[6] He started in The Rams' next game against Coventry City, being substituted in the 72nd minute by Tomasz Cywka.[7] Doyle featured 14 times for the first team during the season, 5 times as a starter.[8]

Despite normally playing as a forward, Derby manager Nigel Clough tried him in an unfamiliar holding midfield role during the 2011-12 preseason, with the side switching to a new 4-1-3-2 formation.[9] Doyle featured 6 times in the 2011–12 season,[10] with one start against Peterborough United on 5 November 2011.[11] Doyle saw first team opportunities reduced due to the emergence of Mason Bennett and Callum Ball. Doyle was ruled out for four to six weeks due to a torn hamstring after picking up the injury in a reserve game in March 2012.[12]

At the end of the 2011–12 season, it was announced by the club that Doyle would be retained by the club for the 2012–13 season.[13] Clough said in an interview in July 2012 that he expected Doyle to impress this season, saying "This is the season where if he's going to do it, he's going to have to blossom."[14] He also expected Doyle to feature more in matchday squads.[14] However, Doyle only featured three times for the first team, with his last league appearance being in September.[15] Doyle, though had his contract extended by a further year in May 2013 and he was made available for a loan move.[16]

D.C. United[edit]

In July 2013 Doyle was linked with Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids for a six month loan,[17] however the MLS rules on player registrations complicated the move and he could join for the second half of the MLS season.[18] On 18 July, Doyle joined fellow rival MLS club D.C. United on a loan deal to the end of the 2013 MLS season, with an option to buy the player which lapses on 1 December.[19] Doyle made his debut on 27 July from the starting 11 against New England Revolution, being replaced after 66 minuites in a 2–1 loss. In Doyle's second match with United on 3 August, he scored the game-winning goal over Montreal Impact from the bench which was his first goal in senior football since the start of his career in 2010, the game finished as a 3–1 United win. Doyle played a part in United's 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup victory.

Doyle's move was made permanent following the 2013 season.[20]

International career[edit]

Doyle was called up to the USA Under-20 squad for their training camp in mid December. In January 2011, he was called up to the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad to face Cyprus Under-21.[21] International rules state Doyle can play for both Ireland and U.S.A below full senior level, and in February 2011 after his callup by Ireland Under-21, Doyle revealed he was yet to make a final decision on which country he will represent.[22]

Doyle was called up to the USA Under-20 squad for the 2011 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in March–April.[21] Doyle, scored twice in the competition as the USA were eliminated in the quarter-final stage.

In June 2011, Doyle committed his future to the United States.[23] In November 2011, Doyle was called up to a training camp with the USA Under-23 squad, which took place at Duisburg, Germany from 7–16 November 2011.[24]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 5 January 2013.
Club Season League[A] FA Cup League Cup Other[B] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Derby County 2010–11[8] 13 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 14 0
2011–12[10] 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2012–13[15] 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 21 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 23 0
Career totals 21 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 23 0
A. ^ The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League.
B. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the play-offs.



D.C. United

Personal life[edit]

Conor's Irish-born father, David, is a former indoor football player who played for the Kansas City Comets, Dallas Sidekicks, St. Louis Ambush, and Wichita Wings as a forward.[25] As of July 2012, David was the current head soccer coach at Flower Mound High School in Flower Mound, Texas.[26]


  1. ^ "The Line Ups". Calaméo. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Kirk, Steve (21 March 2007). "Doyle Is A Believer". Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Men's Soccer Explodes For 10-Goal Weekend". Creigton Athletic Department. 26 August 2010. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Bell, Arch (6 August 2010). "Doyle Derby Deal Done". Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Crewe 1–0 Derby". BBC Sport. 10 August 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Derby 1–2 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 14 August 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Coventry 2–1 Derby". BBC Sport. 21 August 2010. Retrieved August 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Conor Doyle in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  9. ^ Rams set to take a gamble on Bailey, This is Derbyshire
  10. ^ a b "Conor Doyle in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Peterborough United 3 - 2 Derby County". Derby County F.C. 5 November 2011. 
  12. ^ Blow for Conor Doyle as he is denied chance of midfield role, This is Derbyshire
  13. ^ "Rams Confirm Retained List". 13 May 2012. 
  14. ^ a b "Clough Challenges Doyle To Make Impact". 24 July 2012. 
  15. ^ a b "Conor Doyle in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "New deals for quartet as Rams confirm their retained list". Derby Evening Telegraph. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "Derby County forward Conor Doyle may be an option for second half of the season". Colorado Rapids. 8 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "D.C. United acquires Conor Doyle". D.C. United. 18 July 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  19. ^
  20. ^ a b "James McCarthy and Conor Doyle named in U21 squad". GreenScene. 27 February 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  21. ^ "Peterborough Doyle Receives Ireland Call". Derby County F.C. 11 February 2011. 
  22. ^ "Conor Doyle commits to America". GreenScene. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  23. ^ "Conor called up for US training". Derby Evening Telegraph. 4 November 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  24. ^ "Young American hopes to fulfil childhood dream of a career playing in England". Derby Evening Telegraph. 13 August 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  25. ^ "Soccer - Boys Staff". Flower Mound High School. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 

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