|Full name||Thomas Ryan|
|Date of birth||April 23, 1987|
|Place of birth||Salem, Oregon, United States|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|2007–2008||Azusa Pacific Cougars|
|2009||Portland Timbers U23s||7||(0)|
|2010||Real Maryland Monarchs||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of June 29, 2012|
Thomas Ryan (born April 23, 1987 in Salem, Oregon) is an American soccer player.
Salem is the capital of the U.S. state of Oregon, and the county seat of Marion County. It is located in the center of the Willamette Valley alongside the Willamette River, which runs north through the city. The river forms the boundary between Marion and Polk counties, and the city neighborhood of West Salem is in Polk County. Salem was founded in 1842, became the capital of the Oregon Territory in 1851, and was incorporated in 1857.
The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico. The State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U.S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The extremely diverse geography, climate, and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.
Ryan played two years of college soccer at Linfield College in his native Oregon, before transferring to Azusa Pacific University as a junior in 2007, the same year Azusa Pacific University won the NAIA National Championship.
Linfield College is a private college in McMinnville, Oregon. It also has a campus in Portland and an adult degree program located online and in eight communities throughout the state. Linfield Wildcats athletics participates in the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference. There are a combined 2,282 students at Linfield, which employs more than 150 full-time professors.
Azusa Pacific University (APU) is a private, evangelical Christian university in Azusa, California. The university was founded in 1899, with classes opening on March 3, 1900, in Whittier, California, and began offering degrees in 1939. The university's seminary, the Graduate School of Theology, holds to a Wesleyan-Arminian doctrinal theology. APU offers more than 100 associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional locations across Southern California.
Undrafted out of college, Ryan entered preseason with the Portland Timbers of the USL First Divisionand later signed with the Portland Timbers U23s in the USL Premier Development League in 2009, featuring in seven games. He signed his first professional contract in 2010 when he signed to play for the Real Maryland Monarchs in the USL Second Division. He made his professional debut on August 7, 2010 in a 2-2- tie with the Charlotte Eagles.
The Portland Timbers are an American professional soccer club based in Portland, Oregon. The Timbers compete in Major League Soccer (MLS) as a member club of the league's Western Conference. The Timbers have played their home games at Providence Park since 2011, when the team began play as an expansion team in the league.
The United Soccer Leagues First Division was a professional men's soccer league in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico from 2005 to 2010.
Portland Timbers U23 is an American soccer team based in Salem, Oregon, United States. Although founded in 2008 as part of the development system for the Portland Timbers USSF D2 organization, beginning in 2011 they are part of the development system for the Major League Soccer franchise of the same name. The team plays in USL League Two, the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid.
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