Brian Span

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Brian Span
Personal information
Full name Brian Span
Date of birth (1992-02-23) February 23, 1992 (age 25)
Place of birth Somers, New York, United States
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
IFK Mariehamn
Number 9
Youth career
2003–2010 FC Westchester
2010–2011 Virginia Cavaliers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011 Reading United 5 (1)
2012–2013 Djurgårdens IF 14 (1)
2014 FC Dallas 0 (0)
2014 Orlando City (loan) 19 (3)
2015– IFK Mariehamn 64 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of January 16, 2017.

Brian "Cobi" Span (born February 23, 1992) is an American soccer player who currently plays for IFK Mariehamn.

Club career[edit]

Span started out playing for FC Westchester as a youth player at age eleven.[1] He stayed there for seven years[2] and then went on to play two years of college soccer at the University of Virginia, scoring 12 goals and registering 8 assists during that time.

During the summer of 2011 he trained in Europe with German club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Örebro SK in Sweden.[3] After his sophomore season that autumn, the winger felt ready to go professional but MLS did not offer him a Generation Adidas contract. Instead, the North Salem native signed a two-year deal with Djurgårdens IF in Swedish Allsvenskan.[4]

Djurgårdens IF[edit]

Span made his debut on May 20, 2012. He came on at the 65th minute, replacing Ricardo Santos, and played the rest of the match.[5] Three days later he scored his first professional goal in his first game as a starter to equalize 1–1 against Helsingborgs IF.[6] Span's contract was not renewed following the 2013 season.[7]

FC Dallas[edit]

On January 8, 2014, Span signed a contract with Major League Soccer and was allocated via a weighted lottery with FC Dallas, Chicago Fire, San Jose Earthquakes, New England Revolution and Real Salt Lake participating.[8] FC Dallas acquired Span on January 9 in the weighted lottery.[9]

Span was waived by Dallas on February 5, 2015.[10]

Orlando City[edit]

Span was loaned to USL Pro club Orlando City on April 2, 2014.[11]

International career[edit]

While not a recent national team participant, Span was a member of the U17 residency program in Bradenton, Florida.[12]



IFK Mariehamn


  1. ^ "FCW Alum Cobi Span Scores His First Professional Goal in Europe". May 23, 2012. Retrieved November 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ "HOW SWEDE IT IS Ex-FC Westchester standout Span scores his first goal in Sweden". Retrieved November 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Brian Span klar för Djurgården". December 20, 2011. Retrieved December 31, 2012. 
  4. ^ "YAX: SPAN READY TO BOOST DJURGARDEN". January 6, 2012. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ "BK Hacken vs Djurgardens IF RR match report" (in Swedish). May 20, 2012. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ "American Exports: Parkhurst claims title in Denmark". 
  7. ^ "Förändringar i spelartruppen" (in Swedish). October 17, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Midfielder Brian "Cobi" Span signs with MLS, weighted lottery scheduled for Thursday". Major League Soccer. January 8, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  9. ^ "FC Dallas lands former University of Virginia midfielder Brian Span in weighted lottery". FC Dallas. FC Dallas Media Services. January 9, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
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  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  12. ^ "Residency Program". Retrieved May 23, 2012. 

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