2009-2010 OT XI honoree Ryan Guy is departing St Patrick’s Athletic and the Emerald Isle and will be looking to continue his career in the United States:
Over the last four years I’ve had the pleasure of seeing St Patricks Athletic play Premiership sides, host European giants, slay Swedish powerhouses, and travel to the far reaches of the continent.
I’ve seen tears of sorrow and joy on the faces of players and fans alike. There have been management changes and more than a few squad changes and I’ve even seen the odd prank done on members of staff (I won’t mention any names, Jim Lawlor).
But, as it does for most footballers, the time has come for me to say my goodbyes. In all honesty, this last four years at Richmond Park have been the best of my life.
A return to good auld America is on the cards for me now, leaving one family to be closer to another.
I am going miss Friday nights in Richmond, and the “stars and stripes”‘song, and I’m even going to miss the sound of Pete Mahon’s voice ringing in my ears.
Inchicore will forever be in my blood though, it’s where I was given my start and where I learned the difference between a true Irishman and a plastic paddy.
The 25 year-old San Diegan spent four seasons on right wing for the SuperSaints, accumulating 24 goals in 132 League of Ireland appearances. During his time, St Patrick’s made the UEFA Cup/Europa three on three occasions. He scored the lone goal in St Patrick’s first-ever road win in European play (a 1-0 victory at JFK Olimps of Latvia in the 2008-09 UEFA Cup First Qualifying Round) and had a second half hat trick in a 2008 victory of Shamrock Rovers. All this for a smaller club playing in a Dublin suburb. Plus he got to play in a sweet little stadium.
Guy was drafted in the 2nd round by reigning MLS Cup runners-up FC Dallas out of the University of San Diego back in 2007, but according to MLS roster rules:
A player who was drafted by a particular team through the SuperDraft and did not sign with the League, is placed on that team’s “College Protected List” until the second December 31 following the draft in question, after which the team loses the rights to the player.
Guy should be able to trial and sign with whatever teams are interested. (It is also possible that he may have to start at a lower level such as NASL [2nd division] or USL-Pro [3rd division] if no MLS teams are interested in the former League of Ireland star.)
We will update you with any further news on Guy when it comes along.