David Doyle (soccer)

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David Doyle
Personal information
Date of birth (1965-08-08) August 8, 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1983-1986 Campbell University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987-1991 Kansas City Comets (indoor) 132 (79)
1991-2004 Dallas Sidekicks (indoor) 313 (410)
1992-1994 St. Louis Ambush (indoor) 61 (125)
1997-1998 Wichita Wings (indoor) 14 (23)
Total 520 (637)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

David Doyle (born August 8, 1965) is an Irish soccer forward who spent seventeen seasons playing indoor soccer in the United States. He was the 1987-1988 Major Indoor Soccer League Rookie of the Year, was the 1996 and 1999 indoor soccer scoring champion and a six time first team All Star.

College[edit]

Doyle attended Campbell University where he played on the men’s soccer team from 1983 to 1986. He led the country in scoring, with 34 goals, as a senior. He finished his career 72 goals and 19 assists for a school record 286 points. He was a 1986 second team All American and was inducted into the Campbell Hall of Fame in 2006.[1][2][3]

Professional[edit]

The Kansas City Comets of Major Indoor Soccer League drafted Doyle in the first round (third overall) in the 1987 MISL College Draft. He was the 1987-1988 MISL Rookie of the Year.[4] When the Comets folded in 1991, Doyle signed as a free agent with the Dallas Sidekicks. He went on to play twelve seasons with the Sidekicks. Following the 1991-1992 season, the league collapsed and the Sidekicks moved to the Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL), a summer indoor league. The Sidekicks won the first CISL championship but finished runner-up in 1992. That fall, Doyle signed with the St. Louis Ambush which played winter soccer in the National Professional Soccer League. He alternated between the Sidekicks and the Ambush for the next two years. In 1996, he was the leading U.S. indoor soccer player with 47 goals. He repeated as scoring champion in 1999 with 29 goals. Doyle also spent the 1997-1998 NPSL season with the Wichita Wings. In 1998, the Sidekicks spent the season in the Premier Soccer Alliance then moved to the World Indoor Soccer League for three seasons (1999–2001). In 2002, they moved to the newly established Major Indoor Soccer League. The team folded two seasons later and Doyle retired from playing professionally.

Doyle currently serves as the head soccer coach of the Flower Mound High School boys’ soccer team in Flower Mound, Texas.[5][3] He is also a coach with the Dallas Texans Soccer Club.[6]

Personal life[edit]

His son Conor plays professional soccer in England for Derby County as a forward and is currently on loan at D.C. United in Major League Soccer.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1986 All Americans
  2. ^ Campbell University Soccer Records
  3. ^ a b Holtzman, Kellen (June 2, 2013). "Spartans' Doyle following uncle’s footballing path". The Daily Dispatch (Henderson, NC: Paxton Media Group). Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ The Year in American Soccer – 1988
  5. ^ "Soccer - Boys Staff". Flower Mound High School. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Dallas Texans
  7. ^ "Young American hopes to fulfil childhood dream of a career playing in England". Derby Evening Telegraph. August 13, 2010. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 

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