Template:Infobox football biography Aaron Molloy (born January 11, 1997) is an Irish soccer player who plays as a Central Midfielder for Portland Timbers 2 in the USL Championship.[1][2]

Club career[edit | edit source]

Youth[edit | edit source]

Aaron Molloy played for Bohemians F.C. U19 squad during the for the 2014-2015 as well as a short season in 2015 where he served as captain. Molloy received Bohemians F.C. U19 player of the year award for his excellence in the 2014-2015 season.[1]

College[edit | edit source]

After a season with Drogheda United FC in Ireland Molloy decided to move to the United States to play college soccer[3][4]

Keiser University[edit | edit source]

Molloy played in 15 matches as a freshman, he recorded his first appearance against Texas Wesleyan on September 9, 2016 and scored his first goal at St. Thomas on October 19, 2016.[5]

Penn State[edit | edit source]

Molloy's family's first experience with Penn State came in 2014 when they saw Penn State’s football team play UCF at Croke’s Park in Dublin.[6] In his first season as a Nittany Lion, his Sophomore year of college, Molloy appeared in 16 matches. Molloy made his Penn State debut against Hofstra on August 25, 2017 and scored his first goal at UC Irvine on September 1, 2017. In his second season, Molloy was the team captain and appeared in 15 matches.[7]He earned a Big Ten Preseason Honors, All-Big Ten second team and United Soccer Coaches All-North Region third-team member. In his senior season Molloy was the team captain and appeared in 19 matches.[8]>[9]

Professional[edit | edit source]

The first professional appearance for Molloy was for Irish club Drogheda United FC where in 2015 he played in 13 matches and scored two goals.[10] After this season Molloy paused his professional career and went to the United States to play college soccer for Keiser University and Penn State University. Molloy began playing with the Philadelphia Union’s Premier Development League affiliate Reading United AC in 2015 where he played 3 seasons earning various awards for his success including PDL Young Player of the Year.

Molloy was invited to the 2020 MLS Combine, and was subsequently picked by the Portland Timbers with the 16th pick of the 2020 MLS SuperDraft.[11][12][13][14][15][16]Molloy signed with Portland Timbers 2 the club that serves as a reserve squad for the Portland Timbers.[3][17]

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

Template:Updated † Season suspended

Club Season League Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Drogheda United FC 2015 13 2 13 2
Reading United AC 2016 2 4 2 4
2017 11 7 1 1 2 0 14 8
2018 13 4 4 1 17 5
Portland Timbers 2 2020
Career total 39 17 5 2 2 0 46 19
Reference:[18][2][19][20][21]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Aaron Molloy is the son of Trevor Molloy an Irish professional soccer player who has played forward for many professional teams in Ireland. Molloy is studying to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in recreation, park, and tourism management from the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State.[3][7]

Awards[edit | edit source]

  • MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist [22]
  • PDL Young Player of the Year[6][23]
  • PDL Top 20 prospects[6]
  • Big Ten Midfielder of the Year [3]
  • All-Big Ten first team [3]
  • All-Big Ten second team [7]
  • TopDrawerSoccer 2019 Best XI First Team[24][25]
  • TopDrawerSoccer Men's Team of the Week: Player of the Week[26]
  • TopDrawerSoccer Men's Team of the Week: Team of the Week[26]
  • TopDrawerSoccer Men's Team of the Week: Honorable Mention[27]
  • TopDrawerSoccer 2018 Men's DI Preseason Best XI teams: Third Team[28]
  • TopDrawerSoccer PDL Eastern Conference Team of the Week (2x)[29][30]
  • United Soccer Coaches All-North Region First Team[22]
  • United Soccer Coaches All-America Second Team.[22]
  • United Soccer Coaches All-North Region third-team member [7]
  • Sun Conference Freshman of the Year[3]
  • All-Sun Conference second team[7]

References[edit | edit source]

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  2. 2.0 2.1 "Aaron Molloy - Player Profile". Portland Timbers 2. United Soccer League.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Sam, Finn. "Blog #2 Aaron Molloy "Just take the step.."". Scholarship Sports USA. Scholarship Sports USA. Retrieved 27 May 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  5. "Aaron Molloy - 2016 - #22 Men's Soccer". Keiser University Athletics. Keiser University. Retrieved 27 May 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Ralph, Matthew (25 August 2017). "Reading United standout Aaron Molloy ready for bigger stage at Penn State". Brotherly Game. SBNation. Retrieved 27 May 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  8. "2019 Men's Soccer Cumulative Statistics". Penn State University Athletics. Penn State University.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Wilson, Malcolm. "'He never stops running': Aaron Molloy makes everything happen for Penn State men's soccer". The Daily Collegian. Collegian Inc. Retrieved 28 May 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Corry, Michael (9 January 2020). "Aaron Molloy Selected At 16th Overall In MLS Draft". Pundit Arena. Retrieved 28 May 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  13. Lam, Ryan. "Penn State men's soccer's Aaron Molloy selected by Portland Timbers in the MLS SuperDraft". The Daily Collegian. Collegian Inc. Retrieved 28 May 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. Odom, Joel (9 January 2020). "Portland Timbers select Penn State midfielder Aaron Molloy in MLS SuperDraft". Oregon Live. The Oregonian. Retrieved 28 May 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. 2020 MLS SuperDraft
  16. "Dubliner Aaron Molloy to sign professional terms with MLS side Portland Timbers". The Independent. Retrieved 28 May 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. Staff (5 March 2020). "PLAYER MOVEMENT: T2 Adds Velásquez on Loan from Watford FC". USL Championship. USL. Retrieved 28 May 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  19. "Aaron Molloy Stats, Info and Next Game". FootballCritic.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. "Reading United AC - 2018 Regular Season - Roster - # - Aaron Molloy - M". Reading United AC. Reading United AC.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  21. Staff, USLSoccer com (30 April 2020). "United Soccer League Provides Update on 2020 Seasons". United Soccer League. United Soccer League. Retrieved 27 May 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 "Aaron Molloy - Player Profile". Major League Soccer. Major League Soccer. Retrieved 27 May 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  23. Morganstein, Justin. "Penn State men's soccer's Aaron Molloy named finalist for MAC Hermann Trophy". The Daily Collegian. Collegian Inc. Retrieved 28 May 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  24. "2019 Men's Division I Postseason Awards | College Soccer". TopDrawerSoccer.com. Retrieved 27 May 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  25. Porterfield, Andrew. "Penn State men's soccer's Aaron Molloy and Liam Butts recognized in TopDrawerSoccer Best XI teams". The Daily Collegian. Collegian Inc. Retrieved 28 May 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  26. 26.0 26.1 "Men's Team of the Week: Oct. 22 | College Soccer". TopDrawerSoccer.com. TopDrawerSoccer. Retrieved 27 May 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  27. "Men's Team of the Week: Oct. 29 | College Soccer". TopDrawerSoccer.com. TopDrawerSoccer. Retrieved 27 May 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  28. "2018 Men's DI Preseason Best XI teams | College Soccer". TopDrawerSoccer.com. Retrieved 27 May 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  29. "PDL Conference Teams of the Week, 5/16 | College Soccer". TopDrawerSoccer.com. TopDrawerSoccer. Retrieved 27 May 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  30. "PDL Conference Teams of the Week, 7/11 | College Soccer". TopDrawerSoccer.com. TopDrawerSoccer. Retrieved 27 May 2020.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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