Chivas USA announced on May 8 that the club has acquired forward Ryan Finley from the Columbus Crew, via trade, in exchange of their conditional second round pick in the 2016 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.
Finley, who was most recently on loan with USL-PRO side Dayton Dutch Lions, came into the League as a rookie in 2013, recording a goal and one assist in 14 games with the Crew. A native of New Jersey, the 23-year-old forward was drafted with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft after finishing his final two collegiate years at University of Notre Dame. Prior to enrolling at South Bend, the six-foot forward played at Duke University for two years.
As a senior, Finley played in all 22 matches for the Fighting Irish and finished the season as the NCAA’s second-leading scorer with 21 tallies. Finley’s accomplishments earned him NSCAA All-American First Team honors while becoming a MAC Hermann Trophy finalist. The forward was also named the Big East Conference Offensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the All-Big East First Team.
At the international level, Finley was a member of the Under-17 U.S. Men’s National Team in 2006 and was later selected to be a part of the U-18 National Team. Additionally, the young striker spent two years in the U.S. Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla.