December 5, 2016
LEAVING THE ISLANDERS
Defender Liam Doyle joins Swope Park Rangers
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Harrisburg City Islanders have transferred defender Liam Doyle to the Swope Park Rangers, the team announced Monday.
“I’d like to give a special thank you to the entire club, and in particular, Bill (Becher), Eric (Pettis) and Roy (Mehl),” Doyle said in a release. “After not securing a contract with D.C. United, Harrisburg took me on and ultimately gave me the opportunity to play professional soccer and develop further as a player. Throughout the year, I had a very good relationship with Bill, who put a lot of trust and belief in me. I also learned a lot from Steve and Dennis. Without Harrisburg, I may not have had the opportunity to move onto something as big as Kansas City. I am excited about the move. The team did very well in their first season and I expect that to continue. I know that I’ll have to do my best to make an impact.”
Doyle, an Isle of Man native, played at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, scoring 21 goals and being named to the second team All-Region. Doyle started every game for Ohio State in 2014 and ’15.
Doyle spent the preseason with D.C. United, then made 28 appearances for the City Islanders last season.
“Liam had a very good season with us,” Becher said. “He stepped right in as a center back and was one of our key players in the back. I hate to lose him but it’s a good opportunity for him. We’re excited for Liam.”