Ryan Finley (soccer)

Ryan Finley (born March 27, 1991) is a retired American professional soccer player.

Ryan Finley
Personal information
Date of birth (1991-03-27) March 27, 1991[1]
Place of birth Lumberton Township, New Jersey, United States[2]
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Youth career
2006–2007 IMG Soccer Academy
2008–2009 Players Development Academy
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Duke Blue Devils 39 (28)
2011–2012 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 39 (28)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 Ocean City Barons 8 (2)
2010–2011 Central Jersey Spartans 16 (5)
2011 Indiana Invaders 2 (0)
2012 Reading United 8 (2)
2013–2014 Columbus Crew 14 (1)
2014Dayton Dutch Lions (loan) 4 (0)
2014 Chivas USA 16 (1)
2015 Charlotte Independence 21 (8)
2016 Ängelholms FF 15 (4)
2016 Næstved 3 (0)
2017 IFK Värnamo 4 (1)
Total 113 (24)
National team
2006–2007 United States U17 22 (10)
2007–2009 United States U18 5 (0)
2010 United States U20 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Youth and college

Born in Lumberton Township, New Jersey, Finley spent most of his high-school career at the Players Development Academy and the IMG Soccer Academy.[3] In 2009, while a senior at Rancocas Valley Regional High School, Finley led his soccer team to the New Jersey state title in which he scored 20 goals throughout the season and was selected for the ESPN RISE Fall Boys' Soccer All-America team.[3]

In 2009, Finley attended Duke University, where he played for the Duke Blue Devils for two seasons before spending his final two years playing for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the University of Notre Dame.[3] In his freshman year at Duke Finley scored a team-leading 11 goals while also being named to the NSCAA All-South Region second team and ACC All-Freshman teams.[3] In his sophomore year Finley led the Atlantic Coast Conference with 17 goals while also leading the NCAA in goals per game with 0.94 per game.[3] That year Finley earned All-ACC first team honors and was voted the ACC Offensive Player of the Year.[3]

In 2011, after transferring to Notre Dame, Finley led the soccer team with 7 goals that season and was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team and All-Great Lakes Region Third Team.[3] In his senior year Finley finished second in the country in goals scored with 21 while being named to the NSCAA All-America First Team, All-Great Lakes Region First Team, and the Big East Offensive Player of the Year.[3]

Finley finished second in the Herman Trophy voting in 2012.

Columbus Crew

On January 17, 2013, Finley was selected 9th overall in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft by Columbus Crew.[4] He made his professional debut for the Crew on March 9, 2013 against Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place Stadium in which he came on in the 90th minute for Gláuber as the Crew lost the game 2–1.[5] He then scored the first goal of his career on September 4, 2013 against Houston Dynamo at Columbus Crew Stadium in which he found the net in the 47th minute as the Crew won the game 2–0.[6]

Chivas USA

On May 8, 2014, Finley was traded by Columbus to Chivas USA in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.[7]

Charlotte Independence

Finley signed with USL club Charlotte Independence on March 25, 2015.[8]

Ängelholms FF

Finley signed with Swedish side Ängelholms FF on March 17, 2016.

Career statistics


Club Season League Playoffs Cup Total
Ocean City Barons 2008 PDL 8282
Central Jersey Spartans 2010 PDL 9494
2011 7171
Total 1650000165
Indiana Invaders 2011 PDL 2020
Reading United 2012 PDL 82001193
Columbus Crew 2013 MLS 14100141
2014 00000000
Total 1410000141
Dayton Dutch Lions (loan) 2014 USL 400040
Chivas USA 2014 MLS 16111172
Charlotte Independence 2015 USL 23831269
Ängelholms FF 2016 Superettan 15400154
Næstved 2016–17 1. Division 300030
IFK Värnamo 2017 Superettan 410041
Career total 11324005311827


  1. "Ryan Finley". Major League Soccer. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
  2. "Ryan Finley". Notre Dame. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
  3. Luczkowiak, Chris. "Philadelphians Abroad: Ryan Finley finds success as a starter for Columbus". The Philly Soccer Page. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
  4. Bernstein, Jason. "Ryan Finley, formerly of Rancocas Valley selected by Columbus Crew in MLS Draft". New Jersey.com. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
  5. "Whitecaps FC defeat Columbus Crew 2-1 at BC Place". Whitecaps FC. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
  6. "Columbus Crew 2, Houston Dynamo 0 | MLS Match Recap". Major League Soccer. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
  7. "Crew acquires conditional 2016 Second Round SuperDraft selection in trade with Chivas USA". May 8, 2014.
  8. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. "Ryan Finley at SoccerStats.us". SoccerStats.us. SoccerStats. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  10. Ryan Finley at Soccerway
  11. Ryan Finley at Major League Soccer
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