Alan Branigan

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Alan Branigan
Personal information
Place of birth Côte d'Ivoire
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1993–1996 Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997 Orlando Sundogs 5 (0)
1997 Carolina Dynamo 3 (1)
1997 Worcester Wildfire
1998–2000 Hampton Roads Mariners 55 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Alan Branigan is a retired Ivorian-American football (soccer) defender who spent his entire career in the United States.

Branigan and his family moved to the United States when he was seven and settled in Nutley, New Jersey.[1] In 1993, he graduated from Nutley High School.[2] He attended Rutgers University where he was a 1996 Third Team All American soccer player.[3][4]

On February 1, 1997, the Dallas Burn selected Branigan in the second round (sixteenth overall) of the 1997 MLS College Draft.[5] The Burn released him during the preseason and he signed with the Orlando Sundogs. When the Sundogs began to experience financial difficulties, the team released Branigan and several other players.[6] He played three games for the Carolina Dynamo.[7] He then joined the Worcester Wildfire for the remainder of the 1997 season. In 1998, he signed with the Hampton Roads Mariners and remained with the team for three seasons.

Branigan is now the coach of the James Caldwell High School boys soccer team, of which he has coached for the last 5 years.


  1. ^ "No feeling of dread with Branigan on 'D'", The Star-Ledger, November 29, 1996
  2. ^ Hague, Jim. "History and tradition abounds in latest Nutley Athletic Hall class", The Observer, September 26, 2017. Accessed January 13, 2018. "Alan Branigan (Class of 1993, soccer)"
  3. ^ Rutgers Men's Soccer Career Records Archived 2011-09-18 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ 1996 All Americans
  5. ^ 1997 MLS Draft
  6. ^ Sundogs Drop 3rd In A Row
  7. ^ All Time Carolina Dynamo Roster