US Youth Soccer and Dallas Texans alumni Conor Doyle signed a two-year contract with Derby County Wolves of the English Championship division today after a preseason trial this summer. The 18-year-old Doyle, who enrolled at Creighton University on a soccer scholarship last spring, played in several preseason games and added a goal during his trial with Derby County, impressing coaches enough to have the club hurrying to sign the midfielder/forward in time for the season opener this weekend.
With the Texans, Doyle won the 2008 US Youth Soccer National League Under-16 championship, scoring six goals in seven games, and he helped lead the team as they went on to claim the U-16 US Youth Soccer National Championship that year. In 2006, Doyle scored a goal in a 3-2 loss to Valley United Blast (CA-S) in the Under-14 National Championship game.
"I had the opportunity to coach Conor for five years. He was a very important part of the success of the team that won the national championship and his professional approach to training and to the game has set him apart from the rest. His intelligence, technical ability and gift for finishing will always be a big threat to any defender," said Dallas Texans director Hassan Nazari. "He is one of those unique forwards that is very good with his back to the goal and has a tremendous technical ability. Because of his height, he is very dangerous in the air. Players with a professional attitude like Conor must be in a professional environment to grow and develop and I am very pleased that he chose the professional path. There is no doubt in my mind that we will be hearing more about Conor's success. In my opinion, he has a very promising future."
Doyle joins Clint Dempsey (England), Jared Jeffries (Germany), Gregory Garza (Portugal), Lee Nguyen (Holland) and Hunter Freeman (Belgium) as Texans alumni who have gone on to play professionally in Europe.
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