Obscure Metro Files: Ian Hennessy and Chris Brauchle
March 13, 2007
A week ago, we looked at all the players who played in just one game for Metro, which included a number of one-game call-ups from 1996. But amidst these one-game wonders, there were a few players who stuck with the team for a longer period, and two of those were Ian Hennessy and Chris Brauchle.
Hennessy (sometimes spelled Hennessey) was born in Ireland, and represented his country on a youth level. He was recruited by Seton Hall and played four years for the Pirates in the late 1980s. Years in the APSL and time indoor followed, until the MetroStars called Hennessy from the New Jersey Stallions for the July 4th game in Colorado. He entered the game as the halftime sub for one-game wonder Mirsad Huseinovic.
Hennessy would play again a week later, and after being sent back to the minors, was signed for the end of the season on August 25th. Wearing #4 and playing mostly left midfield, he actually scored a goal in Kansas City on September 1st (Metro would lose in the shootout after blowing a two-goal lead). Hennessy appeared in a total of eight games, starting four of them, and also recorded an assist. He would be out of the league the following offseason. Since then, he played in the USL for the Connecticut Wolves and the Reading Rage, and then went into coaching, first serving as an assistant at Boston College, and currently heading the program at the University of Delaware.
And then, there is Chris Brauchle. And frankly, there is not much to say about Chris Brauchle. Unlike Hennessy, he couldn't earn a deal, but he did last more than most other midseason call-ups, first appearing on June 26th in a win over Kansas City, and playing in four more games during the next few weeks, starting three of the five matches. In fact, the Rutgers alum is not even interesting enough to be featured in Obscure Metro Files, if not for this find from 2003:
As you can see, Brauchle is now (or at least, was) a part-owner of a soccer equipment company... Foot fetish or not.