Kenny Finn

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Kenny Finn (born Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland) is a former Irish American soccer player and Gaelic footballer. He spent four seasons in the League of Ireland before moving to the United States. He then played in the German American Soccer League as well as with the New York Gaelic football team. He earned two caps with the U.S. national soccer team. He is the Aztec Soccer Club Director of Coaching.

Soccer[edit]

Dundalk[edit]

Faced with the choice between Gaelic football and soccer, Finn chose soccer and signed as an apprentice with Dundalk F.C. when he turned fifteen. He became a first team starter at left back a year later. In 1958, Dundalk won the FAI Cup over Shamrock Rovers F.C., never conceding a goal during the competition. In 1959, he left both Dundalk and Ireland when he emigrated to the United States.[1]

German-Hungarians[edit]

When Finn arrived in the U.S., he settled in New York City, signing with the German-Hungarians of the German American Soccer League. He remained with the German-Hungarians for over a decade before retiring from playing professionally.

National team[edit]

Finn began his international soccer career as an Irish youth international. He played at least one game, as team captain, in 1955. Once he gained his U.S. citizenship, he was called into the senior U.S. national team. Finn earned his first caps with the U.S. national soccer team in a 2-0 World Cup qualification loss to Mexico on November 13, 1960. On February 5, 1961, he began his second national team game, against Colombia, as a defender. With the U.S. down two goals to none, the U.S. goalkeeper, Helmut Michel, was injured. Finn replaced him in goal for half time and kept a clean sheet from that point on.[2]

Coaching[edit]

After retiring from playing professionally, Finn entered the coaching ranks and coached his two sons, Kevin and Kenny in youth soccer which included the U19 NJ State Cup championship in 1983. Finn guided the Freehold Falcons to a state cup victory over the Kearny Scotts which included Tab Ramos, John Harkes, Chris Pete, and Peter Gaynor. both of Finn's son's went on to play college soccer at Virginia Tech.

Gaelic football[edit]

Finn had played football as a lad, earning an invitation to play with Louth GAA, but gave it up when he signed a contract with Dundalk F.C., an Irish soccer club. When Finn arrived in New York City in 1959, he joined a local football club which played in Gaelic Park. In 1967, he was part of one of the sport's great upsets when the team representing New York defeated the 1967 National Football League champions Galway in a two game final. In the first game, played May 14, 1967, New York defeated Galway 3-5 to 1-6 in New York. A week later, they won again, 4-3 to 0-10 in Ireland. Finn played a total of sixteen years with New York.

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