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Leighton O'Brien Personal information Full name Leighton O'Brien Date of birth March 14, 1976 (1976-03-14) (age 35) Place of birth Tacoma, Washington, United States Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Playing position Midfielder, Director of Coaching, Coach Club information Current club Seattle Sounders Women (Coach) Youth career 1994–1998 University of San Diego Senior career* Years Team Apps† (Gls)† 1999 San Jose Clash 4 (0) 1999 → MLS Pro-40 (loan) 2000 San Diego Flash 21 (0) 2001–2005 Seattle Sounders 53 (14) 2001 → Sacramento Knights (loan - indoor) 2002 → San Jose Earthquakes (loan) 0 (0) 2002–2004 → Milwaukee Wave (loan - indoor) 36 (19) 2003–2004 → Bodens BK (loan) 23 (9) 2005 Real Salt Lake 6 (0) 2005 → Seattle Sounders (loan) 14 (2) 2006–2008 Seattle Sounders 50 (10) 2009 Tacoma Tide 12 (0) 2009 Montreal Impact 7 (1) Teams managed 2010– Seattle Sounders Women (Coach) * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 October 2009. † Appearances (Goals). Leighton O'Brien (born March 14, 1976 in Tacoma, Washington) is an American soccer player, currently serving as the Director of Coaching for the Renton Football Club for youth since 2006 and the head coach of the Seattle Sounders Women. O'Brien is noted most significantly for his tenure with the Seattle Sounders of the USL First Division. Where the Tacoma native helped the Sounders claim the double, and as well as several other titles. Most of his personal achievements derived from his time with Seattle. On February, 2010 he was ranked 11th in the USL First Division Top 25 of the Decade, which announced a list of the best and most influential players of the previous decade.[1] Contents 1 Career 1.1 Youth and College 1.2 Professional 2 Personal 3 Honors 3.1 Seattle Sounders 3.2 Individual 4 References 5 External links Career Youth and College He grew up in the Pacific Northwest, graduating from Federal Way High School in 1994. He played college soccer at the University of San Diego, redshirting his freshman season after an early season injury sidelined him. Professional O'Brien was drafted by the New England Revolution in the third round of the 1999 MLS College Draft. He never played for the Revs before being waived on March 31, 1999. On April 5, 1999 the San Jose Clash claimed O'Brien in the waiver draft.[2] He spent most of the season on loan with MLS Pro-40 and only four games with the Clash first team before being released at the end of the season. In 2000, he signed with the San Diego Flash of the USL A-League.[3] At some point, he also played for the Sacramento Knights of the World Indoor Soccer League.[4] On April 30, 2001, Leighton signed with the Seattle Sounders, where he had a successful season by posting 11 goals and seven assists, All-League honors. Following the completion of the USL season, he signed with the Sacramento Knights of the World Indoor Soccer League for the remainder of their season.[5] In 2002, the Sounders loaned him to the Clash. In 2002, he had another successful campaign with the Sounders where his 13 goals and 11 assists helped the Sounders claim the regular season championship. His efforts also earned him All-League recognition, Assist Leader honor, and was named the USL A-League MVP.[6] He then signed on loan from the Sounders with the Milwaukee Wave of Major Indoor Soccer League for the 2002-2003 season.[7] He played two winter indoor seasons, 2002–2003 and 2003-2004 with the Wave.[8][9] The Sounders signed O'Brien to a three year contract before the 2003 season, but he played only three games in Seattle before moving on loan to Bodens BK in the Swedish Second Division. He played 23 games, scoring six goals and adding nine assists.[10] In 2004, he returned to Boden for the 2004 season, but lost most of the season with a groin injury. On November 14, 2005, the Wave traded O'Briens rights to the California Cougars in exhange for Pat White, but did not play for the Cougers.[11] On March 29, 2005, he signed with the expansion Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer. At the time, he was still under contract with the Sounders. The Sounders released him to Salt Lake in exchange for the team to play an exhibition against Seattle.[12] Salt Lake loaned O'Brien back to Seattle several times during the season before releasing him on August 19, 2005. O'Brien immediately signed with the Sounders. His free kick in the 2005 USL-1 Final started what would become Seattle Sounders tying goal. His kick was redirected twice before Maykel Galindo scored Seattle's goal in a 1-1 draw with Richmond Kickers. O'Brien then scored one of four penalty kicks for Seattle as they won the 2005 Championship in penalty kicks. Leighton signed back on with Seattle for the 2006 season, and in 2007, he helped the Sounders claim the double. He remained with the club for its final season as the team folded at the end of 2008 due to Seattle Sounders FC joining Major League Soccer. Having been unable to secure a professional contract, O'Brien signed with Tacoma Tide of the USL Premier Development League for the 2009 season.[13] On August 7, 2009 O'Brien signed a contract for the remainder of the season with the Montreal Impact, joining his brother Ciaran O'Brien who was on loan with the same team.[14] On September 29, O'Brien was released by Impact.[15] Most recently, O'Brien signed on to be the head coach for the Seattle Sounders Women Soccer team for the 2010 season.[16] Personal O’Brien is the son of former Republic of Ireland international player Fran O'Brien, and the brother of fellow professional soccer player Ciaran O'Brien. Leighton currently coaches the GRFC 96' girls blue team Honors Seattle Sounders USL First Division Championship (2): 2005, 2007 USL First Division Commissioner's Cup (1): 2007 Pacific Division Champions (1): 2002 Cascadia Cup (2): 2006, 2007 Individual A-League MVP (1): 2002 Assist Leader (1): 2002 References ^ "USL-1 Top 25 of the Decade". USLsoccer.com. http://blog.uslsoccer.com/2010/02/usl-1-top-25-of-decade-11-obrien.html. Retrieved 2010-06-05.  ^ Sounders -- Youth Movement Might Help Midfield ^ Notebook: O'Brien tempers anger and converts it to goals ^ Former USD standout O'Brien has put his career on the soccer map ^ 2001 Sounder MVP Leighton O’Brien Loaned To Sacramento Knights Of World Indoor League ^ The Year in American Soccer - 2002 ^ Sounders' O'Brien voted A-League MVP ^ MAJOR INDOOR SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICIAL REPORT - 2002-2003 ^ MAJOR INDOOR SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICIAL REPORT - 2003-2004 ^ Notebook: O'Brien to play again for Swedish pro club ^ Panthers hit road for first round ^ Seattle Sounder’s Leighton O’Brien Signs with Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer ^ 2009 Tacoma Tide roster ^ MIDFIELDER LEIGHTON O'BRIEN JOINS THE IMPACT ^ Midfielder Leighton O'Brien Returns Home ^ Seattle Sounders Women External links 2007 Sounders Media Guide Persondata Name Obrien, Leighton Alternative names Short description Date of birth March 14, 1976 Place of birth Tacoma, Washington, United States Date of death Place of death