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After strong preseason, O’Brien is set to start for Ajax Amsterdam.

O'Brien, Regis helped their causes with strong efforts against Tunisia.

O’Brien yet to gain favor with national team coaching staff.

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John O'Brien
Height: 5-8 (1.73 m).
Weight: 145 (66 kg).
Born: August 29, 1977.
Hometown: Playa del Rey, California
College: n/a.
Club: Ajax Amsterdam (Dutch Honor Division).


             U.S. National Team Statistics 2000

Opponent       Date   Score  GP  GS   MIN   G   A  Pts  Y   R

Tunisia       Mar 12   1-1    1   1    90   0   1   1   0   0
Ireland        Jun 6   1-1    1   1    59   0   0   0   0   0 U.S. Cup
Mexico        Jun 11   3-0    1   1    63   0   0   0   0   0 U.S. Cup
Barbados      Aug 16   7-0    1   0    45   1   0   2   0   0 CONCACAF Qualifying
Guatemala      Sep 3   1-0    1   1    90   0   0   0   0   0 CONCACAF Qualifying

Total                         5   4   347   1   1   3   0   0

National Team
Year Record GP G A Pts
1998 1-0-0 1 0 0 0
2000 3-0-2 5 1 1 3
Total 4-0-2 6 1 1 3
Olympics
Year W-L-T GP/GS G A Pts
2000 1-2-3 6/6 0 1 1
Total 1-2-3 6/6 0 1 1
Professional
Year Club GP G A Pts
1996-98 Ajax Amsterdam (amateur) - - - -
1998-99 F.C. Utrecht (Dutch) 20 2 - -
1999-2000 Ajax Amsterdam (Dutch Honor) 17 1 - -
Total 37 3 - -

U.S. National Team: One of the youngest players on the current U.S. roster, he is expected to be a major contributor to the U.S. Under-23 National Team and run to the Olympics ... Provided the game-tying assist and earned "Man of the Match" in his long-awaited second cap with the full Men's National Team in a 1-1 draw versus Tunisia on March 12, 2000 ... 1999: Was a member of the player pool, but did not make any appearances due to league commitments and a series of nagging injuries ... 1998: Made his international debut in USA's 3-0 victory over Austria in Vienna on April 22 ... Began training with the U.S. squad in 1998, eventually earning an alternate spot on the U.S. World Cup ‘98 roster ... First Appearance: April 22, 1998 vs Austria, in Vienna ... First Goal: Aug 16, 2000 vs. Barbados.

Under-23: His 25-yard bomb ended up being the game-winner in the all-important 4-0 win over Guatemala in Olympic Qualifying on April 28 ... Oddly enough, made his U-23 debut in a 3-i win over Armenia on Jan. 16, 2000 after already earning two caps with the full Men's National Team ... Scored a brilliant goal for the U.S. against a strong Liverpool reserve team in a 3-1 loss in August, 1998 ... Stole the ball at midfield, fought off a defender and carried the ball forward before chipping a shot from 35 yards over the Liverpool 'keeper and into the net ... It was his only appearance of 1998 because of his professional commitments ... Under-20: Made a total of 16 international appearances with the U.S. U-20's ... Led the team into the 1995 World Youth Championship in Malaysia, where they advanced to the second round ... Under-17: Played in five matches at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Mexico ... Member of the U-17 National Team which placed seventh at the 1993 FIFA Under-17 World Championship in Japan.

Professional: Currently plays regularly with the full team at Ajax Amsterdam, one of the top clubs in Europe ... Eventually signed his first pro contract in the spring of 1998 with Ajax ... 1999-2000: Returned to Ajax after a season on loan with F.C. Utrecht ... Scored a goal in his first ever start for Ajax in a victory over NEC on Oct. 17, 1999 ... Played in 17 games, scoring the one goal against NEC ... Also made two appearances (one start) in UEFA Cup action for Ajax in 1999 ... 1998-99: Spent 1998 on loan from Ajax to FC Utrecht, where he scored his first league goal in only his second match and tallied another against Ajax, giving him two goals in his first four matches in the Dutch league ... Scored two goals in his first four games, including a strike against Ajax which caught everyone's attention ... Was ranked among the top 35 players in MVP balloting mid-way through the season by Voetbal International, a top Dutch football magazine ... The magazine also ranked him third overall in Rookie of the Year voting ... Appeared in 19 of 20 league games for Utrecht, scoring two goals, prior to the winter break, but made just one appearance as a substitute after December due to injury ... Also had one Dutch Cup appearance ... 1996-98: Was brought to Holland as a 17-year-old after being identified by scouts from the Ajax Amsterdam Club and played for their amateur team ... Trained in Ajax's famed youth system since 1996 before signing his first professional contract with world-renowned Ajax (Holland) in early 1998.

High School: Scored 34 goals in his first two years at Brentwood High School before leaving for Amsterdam.

Personal: Favorite actor is Kevin Spacey ... Favorite movie is "The Matrix" ... Family likes to visit San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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