(Harrisburg, Pa- December 5, 2016) – The Harrisburg City Islanders and the Kansas City Swope Park Rangers have finalized the transfer of defender Liam Doyle. Doyle spent his rookie season with the Harrisburg City Islanders and after an incredible run with the team, he is taking his talents to Missouri.
Upon parting ways with City FC Doyle stated, “I’d like to give a special thank you to the entire club, and in particular, Bill [Betcher], Eric [Pettis] and Roy [Mehl]. After not securing a contract with DC United, Harrisburg took me on and ultimately gave me the opportunity to play professional soccer and develop further as a player. Throughout the year I had a very good relationship with Bill who put a lot of trust and belief in me. I also learned a lot from Steve and Dennis. Without Harrisburg I may not have had the opportunity to move onto something as big as Kansas City. I am excited about the move; the team did very well in their first season and I expect that to continue. I know that I’ll have to do my best to make an impact.”
In a nutshell, Liam Doyle is an Isle of Man native who spent his collegiate soccer career in Ohio before signing with City FC. During his freshman and sophomore years at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, he scored 21 goals and was named to the second team All-Region, among numerous other honors. In 2014, Doyle played for Ohio State University, where he played for a total of 3,809 minutes in his junior and senior year and started in every game.
Following college, Doyle spent the preseason with D.C. United, but was not offered a contract. He then signed with the City Islanders in 2016, playing 2,435 minutes in 28 appearances.
Head Coach Bill Becher says, “Liam had a very good season with us. He stepped right in as a center back and was one of our key players in the back. I hate to lose him but it’s a good opportunity for him. We’re excited for Liam.”
Liam had a great season with the City Islanders and the club wishes him well.