2013 (Crew): Finlay made 19 appearances -- including three starts -- in 2013. He made his season debut in a substitute appearance against San Jose (March 16) and made a substitute appearance in the international friendly against Wigan Athletic (July 13). His first start of the season came in a start at right midfield against Houston (September 4) and earned a second start in the next match at Sporting KC (September 7). He returned to the starting lineup - his third start on the season - at right midfield at New England (October 19). He also recorded one goal and two assists in 12 starts in MLS Reserve League action and also made two appearances, including one start at right wing, in the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
2012 (Crew): Drafted 10th overall in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, Finlay made appeared in 15 matches and made three starts as a rookie for the Black & Gold. The winger's professional debut came in the season opener on March 10 in Colorado, coming on as a substitute in the 12th minute for an injured Dilly Duka. Registering 426 minutes for the Crew First Team, Finlay played a key role in the Black & Gold's 2012 MLS Reserve League Eastern Conference title.
Finlay appeared in 79 matches (all starts) scoring 43 goals as a student-athlete at Creighton University. The winger led the Bluejays to its first College Cup appearance since 2002 and a 21-2-1 record during his senior season and was a MAC Hermann Trophy finalist in 2011. Finlay received the prestigious Fred Ware Award in 2012 as Nebraska's top collegiate athlete.
Finlay was honored honored by the NSCAA as a Youth All-American and tabbed first-team all-state and all-conference as a senior when he was named team MVP after totalling 41 goals and 19 assists for 101 points for Marshfield High School. Marshfield won the regional championship in each of his final three prep campaigns. Finlay holds school record with 98 career goals and 59 career assists for 255 career points. The winger played club soccer for FC Milwaukee, scoring the game-winning goal in the Region II championships to help his team advance to nationals. Finlay was also a member of Wisconsin ODP and the Chicago Fire's PDL side.
Selected 10th overall in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft by the Columbus Crew.
Ethan is the son of Brent and Julie Finlay. He is one of four children, Tiffany, Jarryd and Kelsey. His father played hockey at the University of North Dakota, winning the Division I National Championship in 1982.