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Former PDA and Residency Forward Ryan Finley Makes Professional Transition

Hermann Trophy Runner-Up Looks Forward to Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft After Signing League Contract in December

Forward Ryan Finley, a former Development Academy player for PDA and the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Residency Program, has had a whirlwind 2012. The Notre Dame senior finished runner-up in the Hermann Trophy voting and in December he signed a contract with Major League Soccer.

Now all that remains is a destination as he and many other professional hopefuls look forward to the 2013 MLS SuperDraft on Thursday (noon ET; ESPN3, at the NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

“It’s been a really exciting year, and I’ve been blessed to play the past two years at Notre Dame under Bobby Clark,” Finley said. “I have really good friends there and great teammates. Coach Clark says that with team success comes individual success. We had a great team season, and obviously all of the awards wouldn’t have come about without my teammates, to be in the position I’m in because of those guys.”

Finley also took part in the recent MLS Combine in Florida, though he had to miss the first day because he was in attendance for the Hermann Trophy presentation, which awarded Maryland’s Patrick Mullins with the top collegiate honor. Finley flew into Florida on Saturday and joined the Combine activities Sunday.

“It was a great experience to get better from,” said Finley, who scored on a penalty kick during Tuesday’s Combine game. “The games are high intensity because you have 50-some players there striving to get to the next level. It was a really humbling experience to be there.”

During an off day at the Combine, Finley said he met with nine MLS teams. According to many mock drafts, Finley is pegged for a first-round selection on Thursday.

The Lumberton, N.J., native spent a year and a half with New Jersey-based PDA, preceded by an 18-month stretch in Bradenton, Fla., with the U.S. U-17 Residency Program.

“In Residency, some kids question going down there because they think they’re ‘losing the normal teenage childhood,’ but to be honest I would not have traded those 18 months down there for anything else,” Finley said. “It was one of the best times in my life and I met some people I’ve continued to stay in touch with. It shaped me as a player, from the weights, to the morning runs, practice, school and playing again at night. It was the best spot to get better at my game.”

Finley then played for PDA’s Academy team, whose U-17/18 group advanced to Finals Week in 2009.

“I spent a year and a half there with [coaches] John Murphy and Sam Nellins, and it was a great experience,” Finley said. “It was a pretty easy transition from Residency to the Academy and it was a great setup. The games and training sessions at PDA were a great setup because everyone is hungry and trying to get good games and training sessions, because everyone is hungry and trying to get to advance their game further.

“I continue to chat with former Academy teammates over Facebook and recall some of my goals being a forward. But the most important thing were the relationships with the other players, as well as John Murphy, in particular, who was in my corner when I was looking to transfer [from Duke to Notre Dame]. I’m blessed to have been a part of that and have those types of relationships.”

On preparing for MLS: “I’ve spent a good deal of time between the college season and the Combine working with James Galanis, my trainer in New Jersey (who has also trained U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Carli Lloyd), in preparing for the Combine to make sure my touches were right. I was lucky to sign a contract before the Combine because that took some of the pressure off and I could play relaxed and have fun.”

On the U-13/U-14 Academy launching later this fall: “I think that’s great. I know over in Europe they take in kids at an early age, and the earlier the players can be involved in the Academy the better. I had a great experience with the Academy and I wish I would have had a U-13/U-14 age group to help me in the right direction. Those will be some lucky kids.”

U.S. U17 '91s Top Ukraine in Kiev

U.S. Under-17 '91s Men’s National Team Game Report

Participants: U.S. Under-17 MNT ‘91s vs. Ukraine
Date: June 9, 2007
Location: Obukhiv Stadium – Kiev, Ukraine
Weather: Sunny

Scoring Summary:
               1    2    F
USA       2    1    3
UKR      0    1    1

USA: Ryan Finley (Christian Ramos) 4th minute
USA: Dersu Abolfathi (Ben Speas) 10.
USA: Finley (Speas) 47.
UKR: Kartushov (Skylar)

USA: 1-Cody Mizell, 2-Dersu Abolfathi (10-Charles Renken), 3-Gale Agbossoumonde, 5-Amobi Okugo, 6-Christian Ramos (4-Andrew Quintana, 53), 7-Chad Barson, 8-Kofi Sarkodie, 9-Aubrey Perry, 14-Ben Speas, 15-Korey Veeder, 16-Ryan Finley (17-John Fitzpatrick, 65)

UKR: 1-Tetenko, 3-Prilyepov, 5-Butko, 6-Girskii, 7-Prychynecko, 8-Chaykovskii, 10-Silantiyev, 11-Pidchenko (18-Balashov, 50), 16-Zhuk (15-Kartushov, 46), 17-Zaika (9-Skylar, 46), 19-Natochii

Statistical Summary:

                         USA   UKR
Shots              6           8
Saves             8            3
Corner Kicks 1           6
Fouls              20          4
Offside           10          0

Misconduct Summary:
USA      Aubrey Perry (caution) 67th minute

Referee: Sergii Lysenchuk
Asst.: Evgenii Petrakov
Asst.: Nikolay Krivonos
Fourth: Pavlo Chyzhevskiy

U.S. Under-17 '91s Fall to Serbia in Ukraine

Participants: U.S. Under-17 MNT ‘91s vs. Serbia U-16 MNT
Date: June 8, 2007
Location: Obukhiv Stadium – Kiev, Ukraine
Weather: Sunny

Scoring Summary:
                1   2   F
USA        0   0   0
Serbia    1   0   1
SER: Stevanovic (Mrkic) 47th min.

USA: 1-Mizzel, 3-Agbossoumonde, 8-Sarkodie (17-Fitzpatrick, 64), 9-Perry, 15-Veeder, 5-Okugo, 10-Renken (14-Speas, 64), 12-Cadwell (6-Ramos, 66), 2-Abolfathi, 13-Arreola (12-Altamirano, 52), 16-Finley

SER: 1-Cakovic, 2-Liscevic, 3-Sekulic (13-Bozovic, 77), 4-Stjepic, 5-Milanovic, 6-Brkic, 7-Babic (14-Smederevac, 62), 8-Ignjoski, 9-Mrkic (16-Vukosavljevic, 74), 10-Stevonovic, 11-Miladinovic (18-Milojevic, 50)

Statistical Summary:

                        USA   SER
Shots               2          2
Saves              1          2
Corner Kicks  4          2
Fouls               10        5
Offside             4          3

Misconduct Summary:
USA Sarkodie (caution) 26th min.
SER Brkic (caution) 45.

Referee: Sergii Dankovski
Asst.: Andrii Papirovich
Asst.: Anatolli Dudchyk
Fourth: Viktor Derdo

U.S. U-18 Men Fall to Portugal

LISBON, Portugal (June 2, 2007) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team won one match and lost two at the XIII Lisbon International Tournament in Lisbon, Portugal to take third place. The U.S. opened their campaign against Finland, falling 3-1.

In their next match against Norway, the Americans found themselves down 2-0 in the 26th minute, but a pair of goals from Peri Merosevic evened score, and a 68th minute strike from Andrew Weideman gave the U.S. a 3-2 victory. In their final game against the hosts, the U.S. fell 4-0. Peri Marosevic led the team in the tournament with three goals, while Andrew Weideman added one, and Daniel Cruz tallied two assists.

The U.S. Under-18 team is in the midst of preparations for the PanAmerican games, which take place in Brazil in July, and the SBS Cup in Japan in August.

U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team Game Report

Participants: USA vs. Portugal
Competition: XIII Lisbon International Tournament.
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Date: June 2, 2007
Weather: Sunny, 75 degrees

Scoring Summary
                   1   2    F
USA           0   0    0               
Portugal    1   3    4

POR – Vitor (Lima)  6th min.
POR – Carvalhas   56.
POR – Matias (Ferandes) 78.
POR – Amaral   88.

USA: 1-Brian Perk (18 Brandon Bumpas, 75), 19-Shawn Barry, 7-Blair Gaven, (20 Ryan Finley, 78) 3-Greg Eckhardt, 15 Daniel Kelly  6-Daniel Cruz (21- Brian Ownby, 61), 8-Danny Barrera, 14-Matt Kassel (17-Andrew Weideman, 65), 11-Ian Kalis, 10-Peri Marosevic, 13-Daniel Rodriguez (12 Hunter Jumper, 79)
Head Coach: Bob Jenkins

POR: 1-Ricardo Neves, 4-Miguel Vitor,  8-Romeu Ribeiro (16 Carlos Amaral, 68), 10-Marco Matias, 11-Rabiola, 18-Cristiano Araujo (3 Andre Pinto, 39), 13-Andre Santos, 2-Valter Fernandes, 7-Andre Carvalhas, 5-Ruben Lima (14 Alexandra Sa, 68), 15-Fabio Faria 

Statistical Summary:
                             USA  POR
Shots:                  6       10
Shots on Goal:   2        8
Saves:                 4        2
Corner kicks:     4        4
Fouls:                 16     15
Offsides:            2         2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Kalis  caution  62nd
POR – Rabiola  caution 74.
USA – Barrera  ejection 76.
USA – Gaven  caution 87.


U.S. U-18 Men Fall to Finland in Lisbon Tournament

LISBON, Portugal (May 30, 2007) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team fell to Finland in the XIII Lisbon International Tournament by a final score of 3-1.

Finland scored early, knocking one in in the seventh minute but Peri Marosevic got on the end of a pass from Daniel Cruz to tie the match in the 25th minute. Finland came back in the 29th minute and an own goal in the 54th finished off the scoring.

U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team Game Report

Participants: USA vs. Finland
Competition: XIII Lisbon International Tournament.
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Date: May 30, 2007
Weather: Sunny, 75 degrees

Scoring Summary:   1   2   F
USA                              1   0   1 
Finland                        2   1   3

FIN – Pukki                          7th minute.
USA – Marosevic (Cruz)    25.
FIN – Pukki                          29.
FIN – Own Goal                  54.

USA: 1-Brian Perk, 19-Shawn Barry, 7-Blair Gavin (5-Gabriel Hayes, 46 (Brian Ownby, 76)), 2-Colin Gavens, 3-Greg Eckhardt, 15-Danny Kelly, 6-Daniel Cruz, 8-Danny Barrera (14-Matt Kassel, 46), 11-Ian Kalis, 20-Ryan Finley (17-Andrew Weideman, 74), 10-Peri Marosevic
Subs not used: none.
Head Coach: Bob Jenkins

FIN: 1-Lukas Hradecky, 2-Tomi Fjader, 5-Kalle Maninen, 13-Joni Vuorinin, 6-Jere Halme, 7-Janne Tomanen, 18-Jess Saarinen, 17-Riku Riski (3-Sakari Mattila, 84), 10-Patrick Lomski, 8-Valeri Minkenen (11-Werner Kaitila, 59), 16-Teemu Pukki (15-Tommi Siekken, 67)

Statistical Summary: USA   FIN
Shots                               12       8
Shots on goal                  3        4
Saves                                2        3
Fouls                                16     10
Corner Kicks                    4        0
Offside                              1        0

Misconduct Summary: