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Irish soccer warrior turned brilliant artist, former Riverhounds MF Danny Earls lands Marvel, DC Comics gigs

Danny Earls brought his passion and love of soccer every time he stepped foot on the pitch when he played for Riverhounds SC, from 2014 to 2017.

Earls’ hard-nosed approach to every play made him one of the most popular players among Hounds fans.  The native of Wicklow, Ireland had a nine-year professional career in the states with the Rochester Rhinos, Colorado Rapids and the Riverhounds.

The retired midfielder, now 33, has since gone on to develop a budding career as an artist.

Back in 2020, Pittsburgh Soccer Now featured Earls in our One-on-One series.

PSN One-on-One: Catching up with former Riverhounds midfielder Danny Earls

At that time, a few years after returning to Ireland, Earls began to use his artistic talents to stay involved in the game.

His work was so good, that numerous clients, including ABC, Disney, Major League Soccer and Football Association of Ireland began to use his work.

Shortly after PSN’s One-on-One interview in March 2020, we had an additional pleasant surprise in store to share.

Pittsburgh soccer fans would be treated to Earls’ artistic talents, when he came up with the stunning cover design for my book, Miracle on the Mon.  

It was very appropriate it was Earls who created the cover of the book that tells the story of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC organization which found a spark of hope in a miracle, come-from-behind victory which he played a big role.

You can view samples of Earls work on his social media accounts.

Among his most prominent works include Hellfire being published by Rogue Comics.

While Earls has been doing marvelous work in recent years, he reached a new plateau recently.

In February, he tweeted “Absolutely delighted to have just handed in my first short story for @marvel – can’t wait for people to see it”

As if that wasn’t enough, then he tweeted: “Absolutely can’t wait to announce this! Its a childhood dream come true to work for @dcofficial and this character!”

The Marvel and DC Comics’ story assignments absolutely speak to the power of Danny’s work.

We can’t wait to see what’s next for the former Riverhound.

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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