Fran O'Brien (footballer)

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Fran O'Brien
Personal information
Date of birth(1955-04-07) April 7, 1955 (age 58)
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing positionMidfielder
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1974-1978Bohemians62(1)
1978-1980Philadelphia Fury70(12)
1981-1982Montreal Manic56(9)
1983-1984Vancouver Whitecaps49(11)
1984-1985Dallas Sidekicks (indoor)43(13)
1985-1987Tacoma Stars (indoor)71(12)
1988-1990Seattle Storm
1991Hamilton Steelers
National team
1978Republic of Ireland4(0)
Teams managed
2007Tacoma Tide
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
 
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Fran O'Brien
Personal information
Date of birth(1955-04-07) April 7, 1955 (age 58)
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing positionMidfielder
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1974-1978Bohemians62(1)
1978-1980Philadelphia Fury70(12)
1981-1982Montreal Manic56(9)
1983-1984Vancouver Whitecaps49(11)
1984-1985Dallas Sidekicks (indoor)43(13)
1985-1987Tacoma Stars (indoor)71(12)
1988-1990Seattle Storm
1991Hamilton Steelers
National team
1978Republic of Ireland4(0)
Teams managed
2007Tacoma Tide
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Fran O'Brien was an Irish soccer player during the 1970s and 1980s. He was the first player to be capped for the Republic of Ireland playing in U.S., earning a total of four caps.

Player[edit]

He won a league winners medal with Bohemians in 1974/75. During his career with Bohs, Fran made 62 league appearances with 1 goal and 8 appearances in European competition scoring 1 goal. In 1978, O'Brien moved along with Pat Byrne and Eddie Byrne (footballer) to the Philadelphia Fury of the North American Soccer League (NASL). When the Fury moved to Montreal after the 1980 season, O'Brien went with the team and spent the next two seasons with the renamed Montreal Manic. In 1983, he signed with the Vancouver Whitecaps and spent the next two season with them. In 1984, he was a second team NASL All Star with the Whitecaps. When the NASL folded at the end of the 1984 season, O'Brien signed with the Dallas Sidekicks of Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). The Sidekicks released him on September 10, 1985 and he moved to the Tacoma Stars. He spent two seasons with the Stars before retiring and settling in Washington State.

Coach[edit]

He is the current head coach of Tacoma Tide of the amateur USL Premier Development League in the U.S.[1]

He is the father of Leighton O'Brien and Ciaran O'Brien, brother of Derek O'Brien and the uncle of Mark O'Brien.

Honours[edit]

Coach of U15 GRFC 94 Blue

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