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Indy Eleven signs defender Josh O’Brien

By Staff, 02/01/24, 3:57PM EST


20-year-old center back joins club after stint with Scottish club Hamilton Academical FC

Indy Eleven has signed 20-year-old center back Josh O'Brien, who competed in Seattle Sounders FC Academy before spending his first professional seasons in England and Scotland.

INDIANAPOLIS – Indy Eleven announced on Thursday the club had signed defender Josh O’Brien ahead of the 2024 USL Championship season. Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed, and the transaction is pending league and federation approval.

Prior to his arrival in the Circle City, the 20-year-old made 10 appearances for Hamilton Academical FC across Scotland’s League One and Scottish F.A. Cup after being acquired in August 2023.

O’Brien signed his first professional contract in August 2021 at 18 years old with English-side Watford F.C. opening training with the U18 squad before getting called up to the U23s. In July 2022, the defender was transferred to Salford City’s in England’s EFL League Two, where he made two appearances while also spending time on loan with Telford United.

O’Brien makes his return to the States after stops with Sounders FC Academy and MLS Next program De Anza Force Soccer Club (California). During his youth days, he was twice named to Washington State’s Best XI and won a Generation Adidas Cup championship. In 2018, he started 15 matches with the Sounders, scoring six goals.

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