Shane O'Neill (soccer)

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Shane O'Neill
Personal information
Full name Shane Edward O'Neill
Date of birth (1993-09-02) September 2, 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth Midleton, Ireland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Colorado Rapids
Number 27
Youth career
2009–2012 Colorado Rapids
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012– Colorado Rapids 48 (1)
National team
2012–2013 United States U20 12 (2)
2014– United States U23 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 17, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 27, 2015

Shane Edward O'Neill (born September 2, 1993) is an American soccer player who currently plays for the Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer.



O'Neill joined the Colorado Rapids youth system in 2009. He led the Rapids U18 team in scoring in 2011-12 with 10 goals in 15 games, helping them reach the playoffs.


O'Neill originally signed to play college soccer at the University of Virginia, however on June 19, 2012, O'Neill signed with the Colorado Rapids as a Home Grown Player.[1] Three months later, he made his professional debut in a 3-0 victory over the Portland Timbers.[2]

O'Neill moved into the starting lineup in 2013 and received strong reviews, earning the Rapids' Young Player of the Year award[3] and a nomination for U.S. Soccer Young Athlete of the Year,[4] as the Rapids returned to the playoffs. His first career goal was May 24th of the same year.


O'Neill is eligible to represent both the United States and the Republic of Ireland. On October 9, 2012, O'Neill was called up by the United States U20 national team for the 2012 Marbella Cup in Spain.[5] A day later, O'Neill made his debut for the U20's in a 2-1 loss to Canada, however he suffered an eye injury that ruled him out for the rest of the tournament.[6][7] He later played for the US at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

He has yet to debut for the US senior team and has indicated a willingness to accept a call for his native Ireland.[8] He participated in a US camp in January 2014, although he was dropped prior to a friendly against South Korea.[9]


O'Neill is the son of former All-Ireland winning Cork gaelic footballer, Colm O'Neill, and is a nephew of former Kerry gaelic footballer, Maurice Fitzgerald.[10]


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