The Colorado Rapids have sent midfielder Ciaran O’Brien on loan for the remainder of the 2009 MLS season, the club announced.
O’Brien joins the USL First Division side Austin Aztex, where he will be available for their game tomorrow night against the Charleston Battery.
“I think this is a wonderful opportunity for him to get games, to further his development and really to play in what is most important- in front of a crowd and for points,” said head coach Gary Smith.
“I know it has been difficult and frustrating for him not playing football, but this is a nice opportunity to go to a club that I believe are newly formed. Adrian Heath (Austin head coach) is a very, very experienced individual in the English game and I am sure he will offer up his experience and guidance as Ciaran moves on.”
This will be the second loan stint for O’Brien in the last two years following his loan period with the then USL Seattle Sounders from July 28 through September 5 of last year.
The former fifth overall pick by Colorado in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft has appeared in one match for the Rapids and offered this about his first day of training with Austin.
“It was fantastic actually. It’s definitely a change. It’s good to be involved and be able to play. It’s harder in MLS now. There’s no reserve league. It’s a little bit tougher for guys who aren’t playing to get games.”