Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Crew banks on Ethan Finlay to boost offense
by Mike Woitalla, January 15th, 2012 7:21PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

TAGS:  columbus crew, mls


[MLS RISING STARS] The soccer career of Ethan Finlay, the No. 10 pick in the MLS SuperDraft by the Columbus Crew, started thanks to a lack of ice.

Ethan’s father, Brent, was a college ice hockey player and Ethan was on already on skates at age 3 when his family moved from Duluth, Minn., to North Carolina -- where they found no rink.

“So my dad introduced me to soccer,” says Ethan.

And quite an introduction it was.

Brent was coaching the team of older son Jarryd’s indoor when he looked to 4-year-old Ethan.

“Jarryd was on a 7-year-old indoor soccer team and my husband was coach,” recalls Ethan’s mother, Julie. “They didn’t have enough players so he put Ethan on. I was managing a restaurant and later in the day someone came up to me and said, ‘Your son did so good.’ I said, ‘Jarryd had a good game?’ And they said, ‘No, no. The little one.’”

That, said Julie, was a clear sign that Ethan might have some potential. There was also his enthusiasm for sports in general.

“When he was little, he used to wait for his dad to come home and line up the soccer ball, the football, the tennis racket -- every sport you could imagine,” said Julie. “He was just 4. He’d have it all lined up so when his dad got home they would play every sport in the car port. There was no coming in for dinner until they played everything. ...

“He played a lot of sports but by 10 or 11 it was pretty much all soccer.”

The family moved back north, to Wisconsin, when Ethan was 13 and his play for FC Milwaukee and its success in regional play attracted the attention of college scouts. He committed to Creighton before his senior year, when he ventured into another sport at Marshfield High School.

“The football coach came up to me on a Friday afternoon and asked me to be the placekicker because the kicker injured his knee,” said Finlay. “He said he already got the OK from my soccer coach to miss that afternoon’s practice. That afternoon I was on a bus to a game against the state football champion.

“It was scary. All those big guys coming at you.”

Finlay missed his long-range attempt in his debut but managed a 30-yarder later in the season.

At Creighton he scored 29 goals during his final two seasons. Last season he helped the Bluejays reach the College Cup semifinals and finished second in the MAC Hermann Trophy voting to Duke’s Andrew Wenger, the No. 1 pick in the SuperDraft by Montreal.

A day after the MAC Hermann ceremony in St. Louis, he scored a hat trick at the MLS Combine, helping convince the Crew that he could boost its struggling offense, which is set to lose right winger Robbie Rogers to Leeds United. The Crew scored only 43 goals in 34 games last season.

“We have to have the players who have the quality to get assists or goals,” Crew coach Robert Warzycha said. “In the past -- on the
statistic line -- we didn’t have too many goal or assists. That’s going to have to change. To be successful, we are going to have to score goals. That’s what people are coming to the stadium to see.”

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
MLS Cup Playoffs: Schedule    
The MLS playoffs move into the conference semifinals with the first leg on Sunday. The four ...
What They're Saying: Nelson Valdez    
"I've been feeling like there's been a big mountain on top of me all season. Finally, ...
Report: Heaps will be back with Revs in 2017    
The New England Revolution have retained head coach Jay Heaps for a sixth season, despite its ...
MLS Playoffs: Sporting KC demands apology from league    
Sporting Kansas City did everything possible but score against Seattle, which was saved time and again ...
MLS Moves: Conor Casey calls it quits    
One of the strongest, most rugged forwards ever produced by American soccer has decided to end ...
Hex Files: Boniek Garcia called up by Honduras    
At least one Dynamo will be active during the MLS playoffs. Midfielder Oscar Boniek Garcia has ...
MLS Playoffs: No Drogba, no problem for Impact    
Didier Drogba didn't travel with his teammates to Washington, but he did make it to RFK ...
Video Pick: Patrice Evra does dancing panda    
Juventus' French star Patrice Evra dances and raps in a panda suit to send the "Say ...
What They're Saying: Landon Donovan    
"If [Lionel] Messi scored a goal like that, people would be talking about it for weeks. ...
USWNT: Five regulars return for Romania series    
U.S. women's national team coach Jill Ellis recalled five regulars who had sat out the Switzerland ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives