Ryan Finley was a healthy scratch in Dayton's game last Friday at Charlotte, multiple sources close to the Dutch Lions have confirmed to The Dispatch.
Ryan Finley was a healthy scratch in Dayton’s game last Friday at Charlotte, multiple sources close to the Dutch Lions have confirmed to The Dispatch.
Finley, the Crew’s first-round draft pick in 2013, was one of five players initially loaned to the team’s USL Pro affiliate in mid-March. He started and played 64 minutes in Dayton’s 3-0 season-opening road loss to the New York Red Bulls reserves March 30, but was not included in the 18 to make the trip to Charlotte because the staff was not happy with his performance during practice and the team’s early-season scrimmages.
A source close to Finley told The Dispatch that the forward missed the game due to a slight, unspecified injury, and Crew coach and sporting director Gregg Berhalter affirmed that when he was directly asked about the situation following the team’s Tuesday training session. Finley has not missed any training due to injury, and his status for Friday’s home opener against Rochester at Beavercreek High School is yet to be determined.
As a rookie, Finley made 14 appearances including three starts and scored one goal. In 13 appearances with the Crew’s reserve team, Finley had 11 goals. He scored 56 goals in four collegiate seasons split evenly between Duke and Notre Dame before being taken ninth overall in the 2013 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.
For more on Finley’s hopes for his sophomore season, click here for an article written during the Crew’s preseason.