Brian Kelly (American soccer)

Brian Kelly (born October 6, 1974) is an American former professional soccer player who played as a midfielder. Kelly spent five seasons in Major League Soccer. He also played at both the 1991 FIFA U-17 World Championship and 1993 FIFA World Youth Championship.

Brian Kelly
Personal information
Date of birth (1974-10-06) October 6, 1974
Place of birth Mission Viejo, California, United States
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1993–1996 Duke University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2000 MetroStars 85 (10)
2000–2001 Los Angeles Galaxy 11 (0)
2001Portland Timbers (loan) 1 (1)
2001 Tampa Bay Mutiny 2 (0)
National team
United States U17
United States U20
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Club career

Kelly, after starring at Lake Lehman High School in Northeastern Pennsylvania, attended Duke University, playing on the men's soccer team from 1993 to 1996. In February 1997, the New York/New Jersey MetroStars selected Kelly in the first round (fifth overall) in the 1997 MLS College Draft. He remained with the MetroStars until the 2000 season. That year, he played seven games in New Jersey before being traded to the Los Angeles Galaxy in exchange for Roy Myers. He played eleven games with the Galaxy, began the 2001 season with the Galaxy before finishing it with the Tampa Bay Mutiny. Before moving to Tampa Bay, the Galaxy sent Kelly on loan to the Portland Timbers where he scored the first goal in that team's history when he hit in a rebounded shot from Mark Baena in a 2-1 loss to the El Paso Patriots.[1][2] He left MLS at the end of the season.

National team

In 1991, Kelly was a member of the U.S. U-17 national team at the 1991 FIFA U-17 World Championship. Two years later, he played at the 1993 FIFA World Youth Championship for the U.S. U-20 national team.[3]


After retiring from soccer, Kelly entered banking. In January 2002, he was hired by Goldman Sachs. He is currently a director in MBS sales at BNP Paribas.


  1. Extra man helps Patriots beat Portland El Paso Times (TX) - Sunday, April 29, 2001
  2. 2001 Portland Timbers
  3. FIFA Player Profile
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