Amobi Okugo

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Amobi Okugo
Amobi Okugo at Preseason Training for the Philadelphia Union, Jan 2011.jpg
Okugo during 2011 preseason training with the Union
Personal information
Full name Amobi Chidubem Okugo
Date of birth (1991-03-13) March 13, 1991 (age 24)
Place of birth Hayward, California, United States
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Orlando City
Number 5
Youth career
2006–2007 IMG Soccer Academy
2009 UCLA Bruins
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2014 Philadelphia Union 117 (5)
2015– Orlando City 8 (0)
National team
2007 United States U17 6 (0)
2008–2011 United States U20 15 (0)
2012 United States U23 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 27, 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 27, 2012

Amobi Chidubem Okugo (born March 13, 1991) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Orlando City in Major League Soccer.



Okugo grew up in Sacramento, California, attended Rio Americano High School and Jesuit High School, and played one year of college soccer at UCLA in 2009, where he was named the 2009 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.


Okugo was drafted in the first round (6th overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by Philadelphia Union.[1] He made his professional debut on March 25, 2010, in the opening game of the 2010 MLS season against Seattle Sounders FC.[2]

In December 2014, Okugo was traded to Orlando City SC[3] for allocation money and the Union's second round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.


Okugo has been a mainstay in U.S. youth national teams for many years. He played with the U-20s at the 2009 CONCACAF Championships and with the U-18s at the 2009 Australian Youth Festival, where he scored two goals in three games. He was in residency with the U.S. U-17s and had six caps in 2007, and scored the only goal for the U.S. U-18 team at the 2008 Lisbon Tournament.

Okugo started and played the full 90 minutes in 2 games for the U-20's at the Torneo De Las Americas in November 2010. He captained the team in their match vs. Colombia.[4] Okugo was also a late addition to the U-20 camp in January 2011.[5]

Okugo, along with Union teammate Zac MacMath, was called up to the U-20 squad for the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in March and April 2011. The Philadelphia Union were the only Major League Soccer team with two players represented.[6] In late 2011, Okugo was called into the first two USMNT U-23 Olympic camps. Okugo was called into the final camp before qualifying as the U-23's take on the Mexican U-23's.[7]


In addition to playing professionally, Okugo coaches soccer to aspiring players in Philadelphia, PA.[8][9]

Career statistics[edit]


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2010 Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2011 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
2012 27 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 31 0
2013 23 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 25 3
Total USA 76 3 7 0 0 0 0 0 83 3
Career total 76 3 7 0 0 0 0 0 83 3

Updated August 3, 2013


Okugo was born to Nigerian parents.[10] His favorite players growing up were Nigerian internationals Jay-Jay Okocha, Sunday Oliseh, and John Obi Mikel. In addition to playing professionally, Okugo coaches soccer to young soccer players in Philadelphia.[11][12]


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