Where is John O'Brien?

Discussion in 'USA Men' started by onlyifvickplayedsocr, Sep 5, 2007.

  1. onlyifvickplayedsocr

    Dec 30, 2004
  2. babytiger2001

    babytiger2001 New Member

    Dec 29, 2000
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Moved to main USA Men's forum.
  3. freisland

    freisland Member+

    Jan 31, 2001
    I just wish we had a recent thread on this very subject full of pithy comments and wry, side-splitting images that we could link to fill out this thread... Oh well. Can't have everything.
  4. jd6885

    jd6885 Member

    Jun 30, 2001
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I was thinking the same thing a couple weeks ago...

    Too many injuries to recover from?
  5. Bigrose30

    Bigrose30 Member+

    Sep 11, 2004
    Jersey City, NJ
    I heard a rumor that he has finally retired.

    Just a rumor though, so don't ask me for a link or a source.
  6. TheLostUniversity

    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Feb 4, 2007
    Greater Boston
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Well, my powerful Cray computer [bought at the local Walmart] has deep searched the world's soccer data banks of the last year, and has found no basis for this rumor. In fact, it finds no records which substantiate the existence of this "John O'Brien", never mind his retirement. Either O'Brien is Mythic, just lilke Nessie. or we know what Bourne's Real identity is :D
  7. Brunsen

    Brunsen Member

    Feb 16, 2004
    In a far off land
    Manchester United FC
  8. arsynic

    arsynic Red Card

    Jan 2, 2007
    Santa Barbara
    found him


    sigh......must we retread this same subject?
  9. onlyifvickplayedsocr

    Dec 30, 2004
    Well, we don't have to "retread " anything.

    If you know, where he is, or what he is doing then say so. I am just curious about what he is doing these days.
  10. BenfromUSA

    BenfromUSA Member

    Jan 20, 2006
    Minneapolis/St. Paul
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States

    he was world class back then in 2002.
  11. mcadaal

    mcadaal Member

    Apr 11, 2007
    Virginia Beach, VA
    So no one knows?

    He was released by C.D. Chivas USA of Major League Soccer following the 2006 season, making him eligible to play overseas without a transfer fee. O'Brien has been invited to Chivas training camp for the 2007 season, but cannot sign with any other MLS club unless his rights are acquired via trade.


    Man, but how could this happen to such a great player? Donovan called him the best American soccer player once.
  12. new_skin

    new_skin Member

    Aug 2, 2007
    VfB Stuttgart
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    He was the best American soccer player. Unfortunately, injuries have hampered his career probably more than any U.S. player ever. I'm sure he's hung his cleats up by now, since we've heard nothing of him for over a year.
  13. IndividualEleven

    Mar 16, 2006
    Not necessarily. I had hoped he'd stay out of soccer for a year and let his body completely heal. If he's not doing anything next season, then he's done.
  14. Kevin8833

    Kevin8833 Member

    Jun 18, 2007
    Estero, FL
    The 5 day day theory he will appear for usa on 5/5/08.
  15. DaPrince84

    DaPrince84 Member+

    Aug 22, 2001
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    no he wasn't... but he was arguably the classiest player to ever wear the shirt

    he is probably surfing and enjoying life...
  16. Asprilla3

    Asprilla3 New Member

    Sep 13, 2007
    I am new to California and while looking for a league I met someone who is friends with O'Brien. He told me that he was done with the MLS for now and that he plays in a regular mens league in the L.A. area. I'll try to find out more.
  17. El Chuma

    El Chuma BigSoccer Supporter

    Sep 17, 2005
    San Diego
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I am curious, keep us posted.
  18. pollo1970

    pollo1970 Member

    Sep 19, 2006
    What are the injuries that have essentially ended his career?
  19. onlyifvickplayedsocr

    Dec 30, 2004
    Chronic hammy problems mostly. The doctors said it is caused by the way he runs. Last I heard, he was trying to change his gait to correct hammy issues.
  20. dcpohl

    dcpohl Member+

    Feb 9, 2007
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    the million dollar question.
  21. diamonddnice

    diamonddnice New Member

    Jul 16, 2006
    Sorry but if you haven't played a meaningful game in two years your done at the major professional level. If you're like him and have barely played in about 4 years you're I think you're definitely done at a major level.
  22. The Lieutenant

    Dec 29, 1999
    Lupburg, Bayern
    I would be great if Yanks Abroad could do an article on where he is now. He was such a great player. I can only hope he's enjoying whatever it is that he is up to these days.
  23. roadkit

    roadkit Greetings from the Fringe of Obscurity

    Jul 2, 2003
    Fornax Cluster
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Where is John O'Brien? Probably on the beach somewhere, smokin' a doob. Ain't playing soccer, that's for sure.

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