Conor Doyle

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Conor Doyle
DC United vs. Deportivo Árabe Unido (26).jpg
Doyle playing for DC United in 2015
Personal information
Full name Conor Joseph Doyle[1]
Date of birth (1991-10-13) October 13, 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth McKinney, Texas, United States
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Winger / Forward
Club information
Current team
Puerto Rico
Number 8
Youth career
2008–2009 Dallas Texans
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010 Creighton Bluejays 0 (0)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Derby County 22 (0)
2013 D.C. United (loan) 14 (2)
2014–2015 D.C. United 42 (2)
2016 Colorado Rapids 3 (0)
2016 Colorado Springs Switchbacks (loan) 11 (1)
2017– Puerto Rico FC 8 (1)
National team
2010–2011 United States U20 6 (4)
2011 Republic of Ireland U21 1 (0)
2011 United States U23 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 22, 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of August 11, 2016

Conor Joseph Doyle (born October 13, 1991) is an Irish-American soccer who plays for Puerto Rico FC in the North American Soccer League.

Career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

Doyle played his youth soccer with the Dallas Texans Soccer Club and McKinney Boyd High School,[2] from which he graduated in December 2009 in order to enroll early at Creighton University, where he was scheduled to play college soccer for the Bluejays. He appeared in all seven spring exhibitions for the Bluejays in 2010, helping the team to a perfect 7–0–0 record.[3]

Derby County[edit]

However, on August 6, 2010, he signed with Football League Championship club Derby County on a two-year contract before ever making an official appearance for Creighton.[4] He had been discovered by a Derby scout in a tournament in the Summer of 2009 and had a three-day trial with the club.[5] He impressed so was invited back for a three-week trial towards the end of his Spring 2010 semester.[5] Doyle said later that "I felt like the trial I had with them went as good as it could possibly go."[5] He was rewarded with a two-year contract worth, according to Doyle, $54,000 a year (approx. £34,000).[5] He made his full debut as a second-half substitute in a 1–0 defeat away to Crewe Alexandra in the League Cup First Round on August 10, 2010.[6] He made his first league appearance at home in the 2–1 defeat to Cardiff City on August 14, 2010, in the Championship.[7] He started in The Rams' next game against Coventry City, being substituted in the 72nd minute by Tomasz Cywka.[8] Doyle featured 14 times for the first team during the season, 5 times as a starter.[9]

Despite normally playing as a forward, Derby manager Nigel Clough tried him in an unfamiliar holding midfield role during the 2011–12 preseason, with the side switching to a new 4-1-3-2 formation.[10] Doyle featured 6 times in the 2011–12 season,[11] with one start against Peterborough United on November 5, 2011.[12] Doyle saw first team opportunities reduced due to the emergence of Mason Bennett and Callum Ball. Doyle was ruled out for four to six weeks due to a torn hamstring after picking up the injury in a reserve game in March 2012.[13]

At the end of the 2011–12 season, it was announced by the club that Doyle would be retained by the club for the 2012–13 season.[14] Clough said in an interview in July 2012 that he expected Doyle to impress this season, saying "This is the season where if he's going to do it, he's going to have to blossom."[15] He also expected Doyle to feature more in matchday squads.[15] However, Doyle only featured three times for the first team, with his last league appearance being in September.[16] Doyle, though had his contract extended by a further year in May 2013 and he was made available for a loan move.[17]

D.C. United[edit]

In July 2013 Doyle was linked with Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids for a six-month loan,[18] however the MLS rules on player registrations complicated the move and he could join for the second half of the MLS season.[19] On July 18, Doyle joined fellow rival MLS club D.C. United on a loan deal to the end of the 2013 MLS season, with an option to buy the player which lapses on December 1.[20] Doyle made his debut on July 27 from the starting 11 against New England Revolution, being replaced after 66 minutes in a 2–1 loss. In Doyle's second match with United on August 3, he scored the game-winning goal over Montreal Impact from the bench – his first goal in senior football since the start of his career in 2010. Doyle played a part in United's 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup victory.

Doyle's move was made permanent following the 2013 season.[21]

In the 2014 season, Doyle was primarily used as a reserve striker for United behind Fabian Espindola and Eddie Johnson, although he was often a first choice off the bench. On August 5, 2014, Doyle suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee during training.[22] Doyle missed the remainder of the 2014 season.

Throughout 2015, Doyle returned to action with United where he was once again, usually a reserve striker. Doyle scored his first professional goal in nearly two years in a 3–1 win over Chicago Fire on June 3, 2015.[23] Doyle scored again just three weeks later, once again against Chicago in a 1–0 away victory. Doyle hit a strike from roughly 35 yards out that many claim to be a goal of the year nominee.[24] Towards the end of the 2015 season, Doyle became less of a reserve and more of a squad rotation player, where he shifted to more of a midfielder role.

Colorado Rapids[edit]

On February 9, 2016, Doyle was traded to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.[25]

Switchbacks FC[edit]

On July 20, 2016 it was announced Doyle would join the United Soccer League's club Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on loan for the remainder of the 2016 season.[26]

Puerto Rico FC[edit]

On January 30, 2017 it was announced Doyle would be joining Puerto Rico FC in the NASL.[27]

International career[edit]

Doyle was called up to the USA Under-20 squad for their training camp in mid December. In January 2011, he was called up to the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad to face Cyprus Under-21.[28] International rules state Doyle can play for both Ireland and U.S.A below full senior level, and in February 2011 after his call-up by Ireland Under-21, Doyle revealed he was yet to make a final decision on which country he will represent.[29]

Doyle was called up to the USA Under-20 squad for the 2011 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in March–April.[30] Doyle scored twice in the competition as the USA were eliminated in the quarter-final stage.

In June 2011, Doyle committed his future to the United States.[31] In November 2011, Doyle was called up to a training camp with the USA Under-23 squad, which took place at Duisburg, Germany from November 7–16, 2011.[32]

Career statistics[edit]

As of February 9, 2016[9][11][16]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Derby County 2010–11 Championship 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2011–12 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2012–13 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
United States League U.S. Open Cup MLS Cup North America Total
D.C. United (loan) 2013 MLS 14 2 2 0 16 2
D.C. United 2014 17 0 1 0 0 0 18 0
2015 25 2 2 0 1 0 4 2 30 4
Total England 22 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 23 0
United States 56 4 5 0 1 0 4 2 66 6
Career statistics 74 4 6 0 1 0 4 2 86 6

Honors[edit]

Player[edit]

D.C. United

Personal life[edit]

Conor's Irish-born father, David, is a former indoor soccer player who played for the Kansas City Comets, Dallas Sidekicks, St. Louis Ambush, and Wichita Wings as a forward.[33] As of July 2012, David was the current head soccer coach at Flower Mound High School in Flower Mound, Texas.[34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Line Ups". Calaméo. Retrieved January 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ Kirk, Steve (March 21, 2007). "Doyle Is A Believer". McKinneyNews.net. Retrieved August 6, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Men's Soccer Explodes For 10-Goal Weekend". Creigton Athletic Department. August 26, 2010. Retrieved August 6, 2010. 
  4. ^ Bell, Arch (August 6, 2010). "Doyle Derby Deal Done". Yanks-Abroad.com. Retrieved August 6, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d Avi Creditor (September 7, 2010). "Doyle making strides at Derby". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on September 9, 2010. Retrieved October 16, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Crewe 1–0 Derby". BBC Sport. August 10, 2010. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Derby 1–2 Cardiff". BBC Sport. August 14, 2010. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Coventry 2–1 Derby". BBC Sport. August 21, 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "Conor Doyle in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  10. ^ Rams set to take a gamble on Bailey, This is Derbyshire
  11. ^ a b "Conor Doyle in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Peterborough United 3 – 2 Derby County". Derby County F.C. November 5, 2011. [permanent dead link]
  13. ^ Blow for Conor Doyle as he is denied chance of midfield role, This is Derbyshire
  14. ^ "Rams Confirm Retained List". dcfc.co.uk. May 13, 2012. 
  15. ^ a b "Clough Challenges Doyle To Make Impact". dcfc.co.uk. July 24, 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "Conor Doyle in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  17. ^ "New deals for quartet as Rams confirm their retained list". Derby Evening Telegraph. May 22, 2013. Retrieved May 22, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Derby County forward Conor Doyle may be an option for second half of the season". Colorado Rapids. July 8, 2013. 
  19. ^ "D.C. United acquires Conor Doyle". D.C. United. July 18, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  20. ^ http://www.dcunited.com/news/2013/12/dc-united-signs-conor-doyle
  21. ^ Goff, Steven (August 5, 2014). "D.C. United's Conor Doyle out for season with knee injury". The Washington Post – Soccer Insider. WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  22. ^ "D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire Boxscore (June 3, 2015)". MLSSoccer.com. Major League Soccer. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Chicago Fire vs. DC United (June 24, 2015)". MLSSoccer.com. Major League Soccer. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  24. ^ "D.C. United acquire 2017 natural third round pick from Colorado Rapids". DCUnited.com. February 9, 2016. 
  25. ^ Ragain, Nicholas. "Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC » Switchbacks FC Sign Rapid's Forward Conor Doyle On Loan Deal". switchbacksfc.com. Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  26. ^ http://www.puertoricofc.com/news/2017/01/30/prfc-adds-mls-experience-with-the-signing-of-conor-doyle
  27. ^ "James McCarthy and Conor Doyle named in U21 squad". GreenScene. February 27, 2011. Retrieved February 27, 2011. 
  28. ^ "Peterborough Doyle Receives Ireland Call". Derby County F.C. February 11, 2011. 
  29. ^ "Rongen Finalizes Roster for CONCACAF Under-20 Championship". US Soccer. March 17, 2011. Retrieved March 19, 2011. 
  30. ^ "Conor Doyle commits to America". GreenScene. June 3, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  31. ^ "Conor called up for US training". Derby Evening Telegraph. November 4, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  32. ^ "Young American hopes to fulfil childhood dream of a career playing in England". Derby Evening Telegraph. August 13, 2010. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 
  33. ^ "Soccer – Boys Staff". Flower Mound High School. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 

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