GUY EXPLAINS ST. PAT'S DEPARTURE
After four years with Irish club St. Patrick's Athletic, Ryan Guy has decided to come back stateside to seek out opportunities in MLS.
The native of San Diego says that determining factor in his decision to come back to the US is to be closer to his family and to have a strong support structure around his 15 month old son Zander.
"I'm sad to leave Ireland but I'm excited to get back where I will have my family close," Guy recently told YA. "Since the birth of my son Zander, I realize how important it is to have family around. Last year when we finished the season we went back to California for the and for the first time it was really difficult to then have to go back to Ireland for the next season."
Also playing a major part in his thinking was the club's decision to have all players transition to a part-time basis before the 2010 season.
Guy was not subject to that policy for 2010 but he was acutely aware that the writing was on the wall for the 2011 season.
"I was the last player on a full-time contract so I was receiving full wages," he discussed. "I signed my contract right before the club went part-time however I knew I would have to eventually go part-time if I wanted to stay."
The speedy winger experienced plenty of success with the Dublin club both on the European and domestic front.
Guy helped St. Pat's finish in the top two twice which qualified them for European play. In 2008 he memorably scored a critical away goal that sealed a victory over JFK Olimps Riga in the first qualifying round of the 2008 UEFA Cup. It was St. Pat's first ever victory away from home in European play.
The former University of San Diego standout will now try to pursue a career in MLS which he hopes to parlay into a national team call-up and ultimately a move back to Europe with one of the continent's bigger clubs.
"My first choice is to play for a west coast team in MLS but really, just whoever needs a wide midfielder," he concluded. "I know this is going to be a long process but my immediate goal is to play in MLS and my lofty goal is to catch the eyes of the national team which I think can help me meet my long-term goal of playing for one of the main European clubs."
In four years at St. Pat's, Guy appeared in 132 matches for the Saints and scored a total of 24 goals.