Conor O'Brien (soccer)

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Conor O'Brien
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Conor O'Brien, June 2011. (Photo: Lars Schmidt)
Personal information
Full name Conor Stephen O'Brien
Date of birth (1988-10-20) October 20, 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth Mount Sinai, New York, United States
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
AC Horsens
Number 4
Youth career
2006–2009 Bucknell Bison
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009 Cary Clarets 15 (2)
2010–2011 Blokhus FC 23 (9)
2011–2012 SønderjyskE 45 (7)
2013 Nordsjælland 14 (1)
2013–2014 OB 16 (0)
2014–2015 Wiener Neustadt 29 (4)
2015– AC Horsens 9 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 November 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (goals)

Conor Stephen O'Brien (born October 20, 1988) is an American soccer player, who plays for Danish 1st Division club AC Horsens.

Youth career[edit]

Conor O'Brien won a State Cup as a Boys-Under-10 player with the Long Island Junior Soccer League's Terryville Fire in 1999. He was the only Fire player remaining the next time they won the State Cup—as an Under-18 side in 2007.[1] In 2007, O’Brien pulled off a stunning accomplishment when he led his club team, the Terryville Fire, to a U-18 national title. For those who follow youth soccer in this country, Terryville’s national title was a Hollywood–style Cinderella run that would surpass what was seen in either “Miracle” or “Hoosiers.” [2]

A Long Island native, O'Brien was one of the most decorated players at Bucknell University, finishing his career 2nd in school history in assists and 9th in goals. He also was named first-team all-Patriot League twice, winning the league's Offensive Player of the Year Award twice.[3] He also became Bucknell's first All-American in 33 years and was named a finalist for the Hermann Trophy, given to the national player of the year.[4] At Bucknell he started every game over four years and lead the club to their first ever Patriot League title.[5]

Club career[edit]

After finishing his Bucknell career, O’Brien went undrafted in the 2010 MLS Superdraft despite rave reviews at the MLS Combine in 2010. Not wanting to give up on his professional ambitions, O’Brien joined Blokhus FC, a tiny club playing in the third division of Denmark.[6] O'Brien was not drafted by any MLS club, and instead signed with Blokhus FC in the third tier of Denmark.[7] At Blokhus, the midfielder found immediate success. O'Brien found the net 10 times as the club stormed to the 2nd Division West title and then emerged victorious in the promotion[8]

Following the 2010-11 season, he signed an eighteen-month contract with SønderjyskE in the Danish Superliga.[9] In his first year, he scored three goals in twenty-five league appearances. After scoring four goals in twenty league appearances during the first half of the 2012-13 Danish Superliga, O'Brien's contract expired, and he did not choose to resign with the club.[10]

After his contract expired with SønderjyskE, O'Brien signed with reigning SuperLiga winners FC Nordsjælland. and participated in the team's 2012-2013 Champions League campaign. Following O'Brien's brief stay with the Wild Tigers he would head to Odense BK.[11]

Conor O'Brien has the most goals in the Denmark SuperLiga as an American born player with 8 and is tied for third in most games played with 75.[12]

During his stay in Denmark's top flight, O'Brien logged nine goals and five assists across all competitions for Odense BK, SönderjyskE and FC Nordsjælland, for whom he made his Champions League debut in 2013.[13]

In the summer of 2014 O'Brien signed a one-year contract with Austrian Budesliga side Wiener Neustadt.[14] In addition to competing interest from the Danish Superliga, has learned that O'Brien also had free agent contact from Major League Soccer.[15]


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