Ethan Finlay

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Ethan Finlay
Personal information
Full name Ethan Finlay
Date of birth (1990-08-06) August 6, 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth Duluth, Minnesota, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Columbus Crew SC
Number 13
Youth career
2008–2011 Creighton Bluejays
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010 Chicago Fire Premier 15 (3)
2012– Columbus Crew SC 145 (30)
National team
2016– United States 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 17, 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of February 5, 2016

Ethan Finlay (born August 6, 1990) is an American soccer player currently playing for Columbus Crew SC in Major League Soccer.


High School[edit]

Finlay attended high school in Marshfield, Wisconsin where he played soccer and American football. He quickly became one of the greatest soccer players in the area,[peacock term] tallying all conference awards each season.[citation needed] Finlay was characterized as a... "great player with a tremendous amount of skill and speed".[citation needed] Finlay holds state records for career points, 98 goals and 69 assists.[1] While in high school, Finlay led his club team FC Milwaukee to two USA National Club Final Fours and winning three US Region 2 championships. Finlay played two seasons for the Marshfield Soccer Assoc. summer club teams along with US ODP Regional teams for 5 years, alongside best friend Luke Wirtz.

College and Amateur[edit]

Finlay played college soccer at Creighton University between 2008 and 2011. Ethan finished his career in the top 5 all time in Bluejay scoring,[citation needed] and leading the Bluejays to the 2011 NCAA Final Four in Alabama. During his time at Creighton, Finlay was a M.A.C. Hermann Trophy finalist (3), finishing second in the voting for College Soccer's player of the Year award in 2012, the first ever player from Wisconsin to be a finalist for college soccer's most prestigious honor.[citation needed] Finlay was a NSCAA All-American First Team 2011, NSCA Academic National player of the Year 2011, College Soccer News All-American First Team 2011 and was Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011.[citation needed] Finlay was elected as the Fred Ware Award winner in 2011 as Nebraska's College Athlete of the Year.[2]


Columbus Crew selected Finlay the first round (No. 10 overall) of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.[3] Finlay made his debut during a 2–0 loss at Colorado Rapids, coming on as a first-half substitute for the injured Dilly Duka in the 12th minute on March 10, 2012.[4] Ethan scored his first MLS goal vs the Portland Timbers in a 3–3 tie in May 2014.

Finlay had a breakout year in the 2015 Major League Soccer season, finishing the season with 10 goals and 13 assists[5]


Finlay made his international debut for the United States men's national soccer team on January 31, 2016 in an international friendly against Iceland. In his second game with United States men's national soccer team, Finlay recorded an assist on the USA's game-winning goal against Canada. Finlay was eligible to represent the United States, his country of birth, or Canada, through his Canadian father.[6] He was cap-tied for the United States in the March 29, 2016 qualifier versus Guatemala.


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