Rapids' O'Brien flirting with Ireland move
AMSTERDAM - Colorado Rapids midfielder Ciaran O'Brien is doing well on trial and hoping to earn a loan move to Europa League entrants Sporting Fingal of Ireland.
O’Brien, 22, was meant to have already completed his visit, but manager Liam Buckley has asked for and been granted more time to evaluate the player.
"The manager is not going to make a decision until next week," press officer John Fallon told MLSsoccer.com. "He's still in training with us."
With plaudits from the technical staff thus far and Buckley's desire to build up his midfield, O'Brien remains appears to have a shot at winning a job.
"We have to be selective in who we bring in, but the manager has determined that area of the pitch needs some reinforcement," Fallon said. "We will assess our options, and if he does well, he could be here for longer."
O'Brien, the fifth overall pick in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft, played in just one match for the Rapids during his rookie season and was sent off for a rough tackle on the LA Galaxy’s Carlos Ruiz. He split last season on loan to D2 sides Austin and Montreal.
His father, Fran O’Brien, is a former Republic of Ireland national team player.
Promoted Sporting Fingal, playing their first season in the top flight League of Ireland in only their fourth year of existence, currently sit fifth and five points off the top through 19 games.