O'Brien giving a post-game interview
|Full name||Ciaran Patrick O'Brien|
|Date of birth||November 17, 1987|
|Place of birth||Federal Way, Washington, United States|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|2002–2005||Decatur High School|
|2006||San Diego Toreros|
|2007||UC Santa Barbara Gauchos|
|2008||→ Seattle Sounders (loan)||5||(0)|
|2009||→ Austin Aztex FC (loan)||3||(0)|
|2009||→ Montreal Impact (loan)||13||(1)|
|2013||San Antonio Scorpions||4||(0)|
|2015–||UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (assistant)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:28, 2 November 2015 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:28, 2 November 2015 (UTC)
Ciaran Patrick O'Brien (born November 17, 1987) is an American soccer coach and former player. He is currently an assistant coach of the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos men's soccer team under Tim Vom Steeg.
Early life and education
O'Brien played center midfield for four years at Decatur High School in Federal Way, Washington, where he earned NSCAA All-American honors, was a First Team All-South Puget Sound League selection for four straight years, and was selected as the Washington State Gatorade Player of the Year after his senior season.
O'Brien initially played college soccer for the University of San Diego, where he was a NSCAA Freshman All-American and was named to the All-WCC Second Team, before transferring to UC Santa Barbara in his sophomore year. With the UCSB Gauchos, he made the 2007 NCAA Tournament, losing out to national finalists Ohio State. He was named the 2007 Big West Midfielder of the Year with UCSB, as well as the highest scoring player in the Big West with 25 points on seven goals and 11 assists. During his college years O'Brien also played for Tacoma Tide of the USL Premier Development League, where his father was head coach.
O'Brien left UCSB early without graduating, signing a Generation Adidas contract in the process. He was the 5th overall pick in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft, selected by the Colorado Rapids. He made his MLS debut as a substitute in the 71st minute in Colorado's first match of the 2008 season against Los Angeles Galaxy on March 29, 2008, but was sent off in the 90th minute for a tackle on Carlos Ruiz. The tackle tore meniscus in Ruiz right knee leaving him out for an extended period. It was O'Brien's only MLS game of his career so far.
O'Brien was sent on loan to USL First Division side, Seattle Sounders, in August 2008 to gain first team experience. With the Sounders, O'Brien appeared in 5 league games (309 minutes total) tallying 2 assists. He also appeared in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup game. However, O'Brien was soon recalled and was back with Colorado at the end of August.
O'Brien graduated from the MLS Generation Adidas program on November 18, 2010. O'Brien became a MLS free agent when Colorado declined his 2011 contract option and he was not selected in the 2010 MLS Re-Entry Draft.
O'Brien signed with North American Soccer League club Atlanta Silverbacks on March 21, 2011. O'Brien won his first league honors on July 11, 2011, winning the NASL Offensive Player of the Week. Atlanta announced on November 8, 2011 that O'Brien would return for the 2012 season.
- Sounders Receive Midfielder Ciaran O'Brien On Loan And Sign Forward Kevin Forrest[permanent dead link] From http://www.seattlesounders.net, Posted July 31, 2008.
- Rapids Drop Second Straight Road Match Falling 0-2 to Real Salt Lake From http://www.coloradorapids.com, Posted August 29, 2008.
- http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/generation-adidas-players-graduate-seasons-end Generation adidas players to graduate at season's end
- "NASL Offensive Player of the Week: Ciaran O'Brien".
- "Carolina RailHawks sign Jordan Graye, Ciaran O'Brien and Tim Murray for 2013 NASL season". IndyWeek.com. February 21, 2013. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
- "Gauchos add O'Brien, Baiden to staff". presidiosports.com. August 26, 2015. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
- "Vom Steeg Announces Changes and Additions to Coaching Staff". ucsbgauchos.com. August 26, 2015. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
- Carolina Railhawks player profile at the Wayback Machine (archived August 14, 2013)
- Ciaran O'Brien at Major League Soccer
- Montreal Impact player profile at the Wayback Machine (archived January 4, 2010) (in French)
- Tacoma Tide player profile at the Wayback Machine (archived July 24, 2008)
- UC Santa Barbara player profile
- San Diego player profile