Shane O'Neill (soccer)

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Shane O'Neill
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Personal information
Full name Shane Edward O'Neill
Date of birth (1993-09-02) September 2, 1993 (age 22)
Place of birth Midleton, East Cork, Ireland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz
Number -
Youth career
2009–2012 Colorado Rapids
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2015 Colorado Rapids 52 (1)
2015 Apollon Limassol 0 (0)
2015– Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz 0 (0)
National team
2012–2013 United States U20 12 (2)
2014– United States U23 8 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 4, 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of April 23, 2015

Shane Edward O'Neill (born September 2, 1993) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz of Belgium.[1]



O'Neill joined the Colorado Rapids youth system in 2009. He led the Rapids U18 team in scoring in 2011-12 with 10 goals in 15 games, helping them reach the playoffs.


O'Neill originally signed to play college soccer at the University of Virginia, however on June 19, 2012, O'Neill signed with the Colorado Rapids as a Home Grown Player.[2] Three months later, he made his professional debut in a 3-0 victory over the Portland Timbers.[3] O'Neill moved into the starting lineup in 2013 and received strong reviews, earning the Rapids' Young Player of the Year award[4] and a nomination for U.S. Soccer Young Athlete of the Year,[5] as the Rapids returned to the playoffs. His first career goal was May 24 of the same year. On August 7, 2015, O'Neill was acquired from Colorado by Cyprus club Apollon Limassol for an undisclosed amount of money.[6] However, Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz announced on their website that they had signed O'Neill on 31 August 2015.[7]


O'Neill is eligible to represent both the United States and the Republic of Ireland. On October 9, 2012, O'Neill was called up by the United States U20 national team for the 2012 Marbella Cup in Spain.[8] A day later, O'Neill made his debut for the U20's in a 2-1 loss to Canada, however he suffered an eye injury that ruled him out for the rest of the tournament.[9][10] He later played for the US at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

He has yet to debut for the US senior team and has indicated a willingness to accept a call for his native Ireland.[11] He participated in a US camp in January 2014, although he was dropped prior to a friendly against South Korea.[12]


O'Neill is the son of former All-Ireland winning Cork gaelic footballer, Colm O'Neill, and is a nephew of former Kerry gaelic footballer, Maurice Fitzgerald.[13]


  1. ^ "Sept nouveaux joueurs : Oussalah de retour" (in Belgian). Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Rapids sign Boulder's Shane O'Neill as Homegrown player". Colorado Rapids Media Relations. June 19, 2012. Retrieved November 1, 2012. 
  3. ^ Sferra, German (September 5, 2012). "O'Neill becomes first homegrown player to make MLS debut". Colorado Rapids. Retrieved November 1, 2012. 
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  7. ^ "Sept nouveaux joueurs : Oussalah de retour" (in Belgian). Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Torre Added to U.S. U-20 Men's National Team Roster for 2012 Marbella Cup". U.S. soccer. October 9, 2012. Retrieved November 1, 2012. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Under-20 MNT Loses 2-1 to Canada in International Friendly at 2012 Marbella Cup". U.S. soccer. October 10, 2012. Retrieved November 1, 2012. 
  10. ^ Bianchi, Chris (October 24, 2012). "O'Neill hopes to keep getting calls from US U-20s". Colorado Rapids. Retrieved November 1, 2012. 
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  13. ^ Heneghan, Conor (May 26, 2014). "Maurice Fitzgerald's nephew scored his first goal in the MLS on Saturday night and it was a cracker". Retrieved May 26, 2014. 

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