Bryan Byrne - Quick Facts
Played for: UC Santa Barbara (NCAA), New England Revolution (MLS), Ventura County Fusion (PDL)
Position: Outside Midfielder/Winger
Skills and strengths: Speed, touch, control, accurate crosses and shots
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Bryan Byrne - In His Own Words
"From muddy fields at an U10 game in the Irish countryside, to a National Championship game at the Home Depot center in California, I have seen it all in terms of field surfaces! Name the surface and I have had the pleasure to play on it, either here in the US or back at home in Ireland.
The importance of having the right footwear has always been important to me, and as any of my former teammates will tell you I am the one with several back up pairs, ready for whatever conditions we play on in a given day. Growing up, my Dad was a huge fan of cheaper soccer cleats. His motto was always "it is the player that makes the cleats look special, rather than the cleats that make the player look special". And this has been the motto that has stuck with me throughout my career, it gave me a profound understanding of how to choose the cleat that was most suitable for me rather than the cleat that all my friends were wearing.
What makes me a qualified soccer player?
I have been playing since I was able to walk, so lets say from 1984. I have played in three college National Championship games, winning an Irish College title in 2002 and a US College cup in 2006, while also playing in the 2004 College Cup final for UC Santa Barbara, which we lost on penalties. I won an Open Cup and received an MLS championship runners up medal in 2007 while at the New England Revolution. And finally, this summer I played with the Ventura County Fusion in the PDL division, where we bagged another US National championship.
What cleats have I actually worn throughout my career?
From Lotto's to Nike Vapors, I have had the opportunity to test the majority, but there are only a select few that I actually deem value for money. As an example of this, throughout my college career I wore Lotto's, choosing to pay $40 a pair over getting free pairs of $200 Adidas Predators that were supplied to the team. In fact, in the 2004 and 2006 National Championship I was wearing the exact same model!
What is my goal in terms of reviewing?
I know how difficult it is to get the right cleat, and I know how important it is to get value for money especially when there are cleats that cost hundreds of dollars. I want to give readers the opportunity to hear how a soccer player at a high level feels about a specific cleat. I don't review to make readers happy, I review to help them make an informed decision about what is suitable for them."
To contact a Bryan, email him or visit his website at soccercleats101.com.