Phoenix Alum O'Brien Prepares for Championship Game

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Release: October 26, 2012
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O'Brien was a two-time All_Region and All-League selection for the Phoenix

By: Jill Wunrow (@JillWunrow)
GreenBayPhoenix.com

GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Green Bay men's soccer alum Dan O'Brien (2006-07) looks to lead the Tampa bay Rowdies to the North American Soccer League Championship against defending champion, Minnesota Stars FC, Saturday, Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The contest is the second leg of the NASL Championship Series as the Stars lead the total goals, home-and-home series 2-0 after the Oct. 20 first leg at NSC Stadium in Blaine, Minn.

Should the Rowdies win the second leg by two goals after 90 minutes, the game will go to extra time. If the aforementioned scenario plays out, based on the 2-0 Minnesota win in the first game, the teams will advance to a 30 minute extra time period followed by penalty kicks should the game be deadlocked. Away goals are not used in NASL and the extra time period does not feature a sudden death "Golden Goal" format.

A two-time First Team All-League and All-Region selection with the Phoenix, O'Brien joined the Rowdies this season after spending the past two years playing professionally in New Zealand's Central Premier League. O'Brien's professional career kicked off in 2008 with the Minnesota Thunder (USL).

The NASL and the USL make up the second tier of professional soccer in the United States right below the first tier Major League Soccer (MLS).

Saturday's championship game will be streamed free here.

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