O'Brien on leave from Colorado Rapids to train in Ireland | Soccer

According to reports, Colorado Rapids midfielder Ciaran O’Brien is doing well during a tryout with Sporting Fingal of Ireland. O’Brien, a Decatur High School graduate, had been hoping to earn a loan move from Major League Soccer to Sporting Fingal.

O’Brien, 22, was meant to have already completed his visit, but Fingal manager Liam Buckley has asked for and been granted more time to evaluate the midfielder.

“The manager is not going to make a decision until next week,” press officer John Fallon told “He’s still in training with us.”

But Buckley says it now looks unlikely that O’Brien will sign permanently with Sporting Fingal after his short trial period in Ireland.

“There’s a bit of difficulty with his club in America at the moment, so it’s looking as if that (signing) won’t go through,” he said recently. “He’s been with us for the last 10 days, but there’s a bit of difficulty there and unless that’s resolved over the next few weeks he’ll be back with the Rapids by the end of the month.”

O’Brien, whose father Fran is a former Republic of Ireland national team member, was the fifth overall pick in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft and 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 between the Austin Aztex and the Montreal Impact of the United States Soccer Federation D2 Pro League.

O’Brien is coming back from injury after having hip surgery in December and has fallen out of favor with Colorado manager Gary Smith.

“It has been a tough couple years and I felt I haven’t learned much on the soccer side, but have gained a lot of experience in terms of the professional game and how your confidence can come and go,” O’Brien told in May. “At this point, I am still trying to get into the squad, but it looks like I will have to go on loan again this year as it seems as though, even if you play well, there is no light at the end of the tunnel.”

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