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Paul Keegan (footballer born 1972)

Personal information
Full namePaul Keegan
Date of birthDecember 30, 1972(age 43)
Place of birthDublin, Republic of Ireland
Height1.87 m (6 ft 1.7 in)
Playing positionMidfield-Striker
Club information
Current clubBeith Juniors F.C.

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Paul Keegan (born December 30, 1972 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish professional footballer currently playing for Airdrie United. Keegan was the first Irishman to play in Major League Soccer in the US.

Keegan joined St Patrick's Athletic from schoolboy football but could not break into Brian Kerr's successful side. In 1992, Keegan accepted the offer of a soccer scholarship by Boston College where he learned his trade under the tutelage of renowned coach Ed Kelly. After a successful college career, Keegan was drafted by the New England Revolution in the first ever MLS college draft in 1996. Keegan stayed with the 'Revs' for 5 seasons until 2000. In 2000 Keegan played four times for the Boston Bulldogs in the US A-League to help recover from a knee injury.

Keegan got his first taste of League of Ireland football when he was loaned to St Patrick's Athletic in 1999. Playing mostly off the substitutes bench, Keegan helped Pats secure their second successive league championship. At the end of the season he returned to New England. The following year he joined Bray Wanderers and his performances there earned a move to title chasing Bohemians in 2002. Bohemians won the league in Keegan's first season as he developed a great relationship with league leading scorer, Glen Crowe. In 2004, Keegan joined Longford Town and ended the season by scoring the winning goal in the FAI Cup final . Keegan joined St Patrick's Athletic for the third time as manager John McDonnell looked for experienced strikers to add to his young team.

After a year back with St Patrick's, he moved to Motherwell in January 2007 for an undisclosed fee and to be with his family.

He moved to Scotland's Partick Thistle in August 2007,he joined Dumbarton in the Scottish Football League Third Division helping the Sons to win the league championship in May 2009.

Keegan in his last year of professional football signed for Airdrie United on 22 July 2009. Keegan has since retired from full-time football. .

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