First Nashville FC Goal Scored by Local Coach
Dublin native Alan O'Connor scored Nashville FC's first goal Saturday, March 22 against his alma mater, Martin Methodist College. The 28-year-old high school soccer coach nailed the ball in the back of the net off a header at the far post. Still, the goal was a tad bittersweet.
"As an ex-player [and] scholar-athlete at Martin Methodist College, scoring against them gave me mixed feelings," said O'Connor. "I am proud to be recognized as the first player to score for the club. It was an excellent delivery from Brandon Whitsett, and a nice moment for all involved."
Though Nashville FC ended up losing to the reigning NAIA national champions in the last ten minutes of the friendly, O'Connor believes Nashville FC has a bright future.
"I think we played very well at times," O'Connor said. "We showed great maturity in possession of the ball and we showed a strong desire to compete defensively. We showed a lot of promise for the future and overall, I am extremely proud to be part of Nashville FC's first game."
When he's not on the pitch, O'Connor is working with the Montgomery Bell Academy's soccer program, and is at home with his wife, Sara, while playing dad to their son Riain, 3. Long before he had a family though, O'Connor made a name for himself at Martin Methodist College, where he scored dozens of goals and was an All American, two-time MVP, and TranSouth Athletic Conference Player of the Year. He even stayed a year after he graduated to help coach in 2008. Soon enough, Real Salt Lake nearly put him on the roster while playing for the Professional Developmental League in 2009. Yet, O'Connor returned across the pond to coach in Germany for a couple years, before settling back down in Tennessee, and now finding a home with Nashville FC.