BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The process took longer than expected but Long Island native Conor O'Brien has finally found a new club in FC Nordsjaelland.
O'Brien, 24, was previously with Sonderjyske but his contract expired at the end of December. Now O'Brien will remain in the Danish Superliga but will joining the league's defending champions.
"Conor has signed a two year contract with Nordsjaelland," agent Allan Bak Janssen told YA. "It was his first choice all along but there was a lot of interest."
After not getting drafted in MLS, O'Brien began his career with 2.Division Blokus who he helped to promotion in 2010-2011. After one year at the club he joined a newly promoted Superliga club Sonderjyske where he was a mainstay in central midfield as the club finished in midtable
Nordsjaelland currently sit in second place in the Danish Superliga and trail first place Copenhagen by 12 points. In the second half of the season, the big race will be for second place where Nordsjaelland are ahead of Aab by only three points. In Denmark, the second place finisher qualifies for the Champions League qualifying rounds. Nordsjaelland won the title last year but have seen many key players depart during that time. Over the winter break they lost US international Michael Parkhurst as well as midfielder Enoch Adu.
O'Brien has never represented the United States internationally at any level despite a standout career in college at Bucknell. Prior to that, he lead the Terryville Fire to a US Youth National Championship in 2007.