Anthony Obodai

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Anthony Obodai
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Obodai with the Riverhounds, 2014
Personal information
Date of birth (1982-08-06) 6 August 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth Accra, Ghana
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Number 23
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Liberty Professionals ? (?)
2001–2005 Ajax 21 (2)
2002–2003 Germinal Beerschot (loan) 29 (2)
2005–2007 Sparta Rotterdam 47 (1)
2007–2010 RKC Waalwijk 88 (5)
2010 Houston Dynamo 4 (0)
2012 Mağusa Türk Gücü 13 (2)
2013 Phoenix FC 24 (0)
2014– Pittsburgh Riverhounds 3 (0)
National team
1999 Ghana U17 6 (1)
2001 Ghana U20 3 (0)
2003–2005 Ghana 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:26, 9 February 2011 (UTC)

Anthony Obodai (born 6 August 1982) is a Ghanaian international footballer who plays as a midfielder for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Born in Accra, Obodai began his career with local team Liberty Professionals in 2000.[1] He signed for Dutch team Ajax in 2001, playing on loan at Belgian side Germinal Beerschot during the 2002–03 season. In August 2005 a move to English side Luton Town collapsed,[2] and Obodai moved to Sparta Rotterdam two days later.[3] Obodai was made club captain at Sparta,[4] but asked to leave the club in January 2007, signing for RKC Waalwijk on 31 January 2007.[5] During his time in the Netherlands and Belgium, Obodai made nearly 200 appearances.[6]

Obodai was signed by Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer in July 2010,[7] making four appearances before being released at the end of the season.[8]

In January 2012 he signed a contract at Birinci Lig side Mağusa Türk Gücü S.K. in Northern Cyprus.[9]

In February 2013, obodai signed for Phoenix FC of the USL Pro, the third division of the United States soccer pyramid.[10] In his first season with the club, Obodai made 24 appearances and tallied one assist.[11] When Phoenix FC faced financial difficulty after its first season of existence, Obodai signed for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, also of the USL Pro, on 7 November 2013.[12]

International career[edit]

Obodai played at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship and the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship.[13] He also earned four senior caps for Ghana between 2003 and 2005.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Anthony Obodai at National-Football-Teams.com
  2. ^ "Boss backtracks on Obodai swoop". BBC Sport. 28 August 2005. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Ibrahim Sannie (30 August 2005). "Obodai signs for Sparta Rotterdam". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Ibrahim Sannie (27 January 2007). "Ghana's Obodai wants Sparta exit". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Ibrahim Sannie (31 January 2007). "Ghana's Obodai joins Waalwijk". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  6. ^ (Dutch) Voetbal International
  7. ^ K.N.S Mensah (15 July 2010). "Anthony Obodai Joins MLS Club Houston Dynamo". Goal.com. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  8. ^ MLS profile
  9. ^ KTFF profile
  10. ^ Domingo, Odeen. "Phoenix FC midfielder and ex-Dutch league pro Anthony Obodai loves Phoenix". AZcentral.com. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Phoenix FC 2013 Statistics". USL Pro. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  12. ^ Vesty. "HOUNDS SIGN ANTHONY OBODAI". Steel Army. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  13. ^ Anthony ObodaiFIFA competition record