Ohio State University star Liam Doyle is the latest signing announced by Harrisburg City Islanders.
The USL club announced his signing on Tuesday after he made his debut in a 2-1 loss to Charlotte with a six-minute cameo off the bench. Though the appearance marked Doyle's professional debut, his jersey was worn in the season opener by fellow rookie defender Shane Campbell, creating some confusion for the home team's announcing crew in the web broadcast of the match.
A 6-foot-4 defender from the Isle of Man in the United Kingdom, Doyle was selected 67th overall in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft by D.C. United after being named Big 10 defender of the year in his senior season with the Buckeyes.
"Liam is a very technical center back with excellent passing skills," Ohio State head coach John Bluem. "He was a good leader and organizer in his years here at Ohio State."
A versatile player over his college career, he scored 21 goals and assisted on 23 others in his first two seasons at junior college Cincinnati State before scoring seven goals and adding eight assists in two seasons in Columbus. He played primarily in central defense for the Buckeyes while taking a bulk of the team's set piece opportunities. Five of his seven goals were from the penalty spot.
Doyle has also represented his island nation, competing with Isle of Man's Ellan Vannin football team, a kind of national team that isn't affiliated with FIFA or UEFA. His addition to the City Islanders fills the seven available international slots.
Dante Leverock (Bermuda), Craig Foster (Jamaica), Cardel Benbow (Jamaica), Paul Wilson (Jamaica), Mouhamed Dabo (Senegal) and Jose Barril (Spain) fill out the other spots. Goalkeeper Keasel Broome has appeared with the Barbados national team but does not fill an international spot, as he is a native of Claymont, Delaware.
The City Islanders visit Pittsburgh Riverhounds for the first match in the 2016 Keystone Derby this Saturday at 7 p.m.