My favorite sports event memory is... the 2003 Champions League match between Man United and Real Madrid. Man United won the game 4-3 but got knocked out on aggregate 6-5. Ronaldo scored a hatrick for Madrid and when he got substituted towards the end, the Man united fans applauded him for his performance. I was lucky enough to be in the crowd that day.
Coach Darren hails from Cork, Ireland and started playing soccer at the age of 6. He has played professional soccer in both England and Ireland. He has also represented Ireland at various youth levels. Darren’s biggest playing achievement was to win a European Youth Olympic Bronze Medal in Italy with the Irish National Team. He has also played college soccer here in the US. He started his collegiate career at the University of Texas at Brownsville (NAIA) and helped lead the Scorpions to a Red River Athletic Conference Championship and made the All-Conference and All-Tournament Team his freshman year. Darren then transferred to NCAA Division I program, the University of Delaware, where he captained the Blue Hens to their first Division 1 Colonial Conference Championship in 2011 only to be knocked out by UCLA in the last 32. He made the NSCAA Regional All-American, all-conference and all-tournament team that year.
After his undergrad, Darren continued with his studies and completed a Masters of Science degree in the field of Sport & Exercise Psychology from Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland. He also received coaching qualifications from UEFA and the FAI. He is focused on giving back to the game of soccer through coaching and has gained over 10 years coaching experience from clubs like Michigan Chill & La Galaxy OC.