Ronnie O'Brien as a Yank???

Discussion in 'USA Men' started by wonko389, Jul 8, 2005.

  1. wonko389

    wonko389 New Member

    Oct 11, 2004
    jax, fl
    Could Ronnie O'Brien be our answer at Right Mid? According to he now holds an American green card, and has only played for Ireland youth teams. Are those caps binding? Would he accept a callup from the Bruce? Whatever happens he is awesome and I hope he stays in MLS for a while. Maybe FC Superclub can figure out a way to pry him from Dallas.
  2. jeffenbauer

    jeffenbauer Member

    Jul 17, 2002
    dallas, tx
    No, he is tied to Ireland.
  3. FC Tallavana

    FC Tallavana Member+

    Jul 1, 2004
    Unless he's married to an American (three years), planning to fight in Iraq or Afghanistan (probably awarded posthumously which wouldn't really help us) or is an important CIA spy, the law only provides for a couple of these naturalizations per year IIRC) it'll take him five years to get his citizenship.

    Plus, he's pretty much tied to Ireland.
  4. texgator

    texgator New Member

    Oct 28, 2003
    And even then he is still tied to Ireland as he played for them in a FIFA recognized youth tournament at a time when he had no claim to US citizenship.
  5. HogDaddy

    HogDaddy Member

    Mar 27, 2001
    St. Charles, MO
    That is the definitive argument. He's cap tied to Ireland, and that's that.
  6. DrBobC

    DrBobC Member

    Feb 28, 2004
    Burton upon Trent
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    he's a hack!
  7. dabes2

    dabes2 Member

    Jun 1, 2003
    Maybe he could marry Dema.........
  8. irishapple21

    irishapple21 Member

    Apr 4, 2005
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    Turks and Caicos Islands
    Ireland is NOT a third world country. Thank you very much. Jerk.
  9. dfb547490

    dfb547490 New Member

    Feb 9, 2000
    The Heights
    Not that it would matter since he's cap-tied to Ireland, but he's been living here pretty close to 5 years...
  10. texgator

    texgator New Member

    Oct 28, 2003
    It doesn't matter how long he's been living here. He's only NOW getting his green card, which means he's a good 5 years out from citizenship.
  11. odg78

    odg78 Member

    Feb 14, 2001
    North Carolina
    --Ronnie O'Brien is the new Michael Ricketts.
  12. Scotty

    Scotty Member+

    Dec 15, 1999
  13. voros

    voros Member

    Jun 7, 2002
    Parts Unknown
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This is probably worth looking into to confirm for the fed. I checked and he never appeared for Ireland in WYC or the U17s. Ireland made it in 1999, the year he'd be going, but he was not on the roster.

    It would be worth it to the fed to double check.

    Still he's several years from citizenship. Dema got his green card in 2001 and still isn't eligible so...
  14. JG

    JG Member+

    Jun 27, 1999
    He was left off the roster for the WYC but played in the qualifying tournament. He also made at least one appaearance for Ireland in a UEFA U-21 qualifier...those should disqaulfy him from playing for the US.
  15. Stan Collins

    Stan Collins Member+

    Feb 26, 1999
    Silver Spring, MD

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