Irish American Conor Doyle, who played for Ireland’s under-21 team this year, has decided to commit his international future in the sport to the USA national team.
Doyle, from Derby County in Texas, qualified for a position on the Irish team due to his Dublin-born father. In February, he featured in the Irish team who played Cyprus, under Noel King.
Despite this experience with the Irish team Doyle will return to the USA set-up. He hopes to make the step-up to USMNT in the near future.
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Doyle told the Green Scene: “It was a tough call in the end to make a decision which country I would have to turn down but I took my time and viewed both set-ups, which was good for me…In the end, it felt like the right decision to stick with the US but it was an honour to be called up by the Republic of Ireland and I’ll always follow their progress.
“I’ve enjoyed the experiences the US has provided me so far. I’ve played well with them, got a couple of goals and a couple of assists too. It hurt not qualifying for the under-20 World Cup this summer but, as a team, we are now focused on the Olympics in 2012.”
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