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IRISH in the Pros: Ryan Finley

Jul 15, 2013, 3:07 PM EDT

Ryan Finley (’12) currently plays in the MLS for the Columbus Crew.  Finley was the 9th overall draft pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.  A standout goal scorer at Notre Dame, Finley tallied 21 goals for the IRISH in helping them grab the #1 overall seed in this years NCAA tournament.


What is your favorite part about being a professional soccer player?
Not having any class and being able to just play soccer everyday and improve as a player.

How has playing at Notre Dame prepared you for being a Pro?
The coaches ran practices like a pro environment and helped improve my game to have me ready to be a professional.

Who’s the best player you’ve ever played against?

Thierry Henry

Go-to pregame song?
I actually don’t listen to any music before games.

What do you do in your spare time?
I like to read and try and improve my golf game.

Favorite Notre Dame memory?
Either beating Duke or winning the Big East Championship

What do you plan on doing when you finish playing professionally?
Either coaching or being involved in the business side of things.

Favorite pregame meal?
Usually just chicken and pasta pretty simple and plain.

Any game day superstitions?
No game day superstitions for me.

Advice you’d give a college player?
I would say always be working on your game. Always try and spend some time after practice working on things to become a better player. Also to enjoy it as much as you can because it goes by really fast.

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