Francis Ryan

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For the American Medal of Honor recipient, see Francis T. Ryan.
Hun Ryan
Personal information
Full name Francis J. Ryan
Date of birth (1908-01-10)January 10, 1908
Place of birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Date of death October 14, 1977(1977-10-14) (aged 69)
Place of death Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Forward / Midfielder
Youth career
Lighthouse Boys Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1929–1930 New York Galicia
1930–1931 Lighthouse Boys Club
1931–1936 Philadelphia German-Americans
National team
1928–1936 United States 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Francis J. “Hun” Ryan (January 10, 1908 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – October 14, 1977 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was an American soccer midfielder. He earned three caps, scoring one goal, with the U.S. national team between 1928 and 1936. He was also a member of the U.S. teams at the 1928 Summer Olympics, 1936 Summer Olympics and the 1934 FIFA World Cup. Ryan was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1958.

Playing career[edit]

Ryan grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he played soccer with Frankford High School. He also played for the Lighthouse Boys Club team. He maintained his amateur status which led to his selection to the national team at the 1928 Summer Olympics. In 1929, he signed with New York Galicia. After one season, he moved back to Lighthouse Boys Club. Once again, he spent only one season with Lighthouse before moving to the Philadelphia German-Americans in 1931. He continued with the team until at least 1936. In 1933, Philadelphia joined the American Soccer League (ASL). The German-Americans won the 1934-1935 ASL championship and the 1936 National Challenge Cup. Ryan served with the Custer Division in the U.S. Army from 1942-45. Upon is return to Philadelphia, he played with the Philadelphia Nationals, leading the team to the ASL Lewis Cup in 1948-49 and 1951-52. Ryan also played with the Pennsylvania All Stars in May 1931 against Glasgow Celtic during the Scottish team's first North American tour.

National team[edit]

Ryan earned his first cap on May 28, 1928 in 11-2 loss to Argentina at the 1928 Summer Olympics. Scored ten days later in a 3-3 tie with Poland in Warsaw. He did not play for the U.S. again until the 1934 FIFA World Cup when he was part of the 7-1 loss to Italy.[1] He finished out his national team career at the 1936 Summer Olympics.[2]

In 1958, Ryan was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.


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