The transfer window closed nearly a month before hand, but it didn’t stop boss Gary Smith from adding Andy Iro to his squad in September 2012. The defender became the latest to join Smith’s new-look Boro’ ranks. Not only that, but he was the latest to have experience of playing Major League Soccer. In a tough 2012-3 season, why Andy Iro never featured in a defence that needed shoring up is confusing. The player spent a brief time on loan at Barnet, but never took to the field in a Stevenage shirt.
Andy Iro: Before Boro’
Born in Liverpool, the tall defender had spent his entire career Stateside. He did play youth football in his native city. But he moved to California on a soccer scholarship at University of California, Santa Barbara; winning the NCAA Men’s Division I Soccer Championship. After leaving university, Columbus Crew snapped him up and he spent three years at the club. In 2008, he won both the Major League Soccer MLS Cup and the Major League Soccer Supporters’ Shield.
This was before he left in 2011 for Toronto FC. His stay north of the border in Canada was to be a short one, however; in early 2012, Iro declined the chance to renew his contract at the club. A new adventure did not present itself until September when we came calling.