20 - Michael Rankin-Byrne
Michael Rankin-Byrne
Height: 5-9
Weight: 165
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Kingston, Ontario
Position: M
Major: Education
Last School: Plymouth Regional

Before USC Upstate: Began high school soccer career at Plymouth Regional High School in Plymouth, N.H., earning three letters as a starting midfielder on the varsity team as a freshman, sophomore and junior… Was a starting guard on the junior varsity basketball as a freshman and varsity basketball during sophomore and junior campaigns… Played final season of soccer as a starting midfielder at Glens Falls… Earned League and Section All-Star accolades and was a finalist for Player of the Year… Led Glens Falls to the sectional finals after scoring three game winning goals in the playoffs… Was Glens Falls leading scorer and ranked second in the league… Member of the Springfield Soccer Club in 2006 and 2007… Also, played club soccer with the Seacoast United Soccer Club in 2008 and 2009… Selected in 2008 as a Super Y National ODP Selection, one only of five players from New England to be selected… Finished club soccer career in 2010 with the Black Watch Soccer Club… Toured Ireland three times with Atlantic Crossing as the team competed in the Umbro Galway Cup… In 2007, Atlantic Crossing finished fourth in the 16 team field with a record of 5-2, in 2008 with Rankin-Byrne as a captain, the team went 4-3 and in 2009 the team posted a 2-3 mark... Four-time ODP player, playing with Vermont in 2005 and 2006 and New Hampshire in 2007 and 2008... Served as a volunteer coach/official for youth basketball and soccer leagues.

Personal: Born on Dec. 31, 1991 in Kingston, Ontario... Son of David Byrne and Beverley Rankin... Has a brother and a sister... Majoring in education... Father played ice hockey at Dawson College, while his mother played field hockey at Guelph University... Favorite food is lasagna... Favorite movie is “Get Shorty”... Favorite TV show is “Tosh.O”... Favorite singer is Eminem... Favorite sports figure is Steven Garrard... Most admires his mother... Aspires to be a professional soccer player... Enjoys listening to music and playing sports.

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