Dominic Oduro

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Dominic Oduro
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Personal information
Date of birth (1985-08-13) 13 August 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth Accra, Ghana
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Columbus Crew
Number 8
Youth career
1999–2000 Prempeh College
2001–2003 University of Ghana
2004–2005 VCU Rams
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005 Richmond Kickers Future 13 (16)
2006–2008 FC Dallas 70 (9)
2009 New York Red Bulls 3 (0)
2009–2011 Houston Dynamo 44 (6)
2011–2012 Chicago Fire 66 (18)
2013– Columbus Crew 36 (13)
National team
Ghana U-23
2012– Ghana 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of March 30, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 14, 2013

Dominic Oduro (born 13 August 1985) is a Ghanaian footballer who currently plays for Columbus Crew in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

College[edit]

Oduro started his playing career in Ghana, playing for both Prempeh College and the University of Ghana before transferring to Virginia Commonwealth University in 2004. He appeared in 41 matches for VCU, scoring 18 goals and earning five assists, and being honoured with the 2004 Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year award and a Third Team All-American spot. Oduro helped the Rams reach the quarterfinals of the 2004 NCAA Tournament, VCU's highest ever appearance. He also played for Richmond Kickers Future in the USL Premier Development League in 2005, scoring 16 goals in 13 games.

Professional[edit]

Oduro was selected in the second round (22nd overall) of the 2006 MLS SuperDraft by FC Dallas. He made his first team debut on 28 June 2006, as a substitute for Kenny Cooper and scored his first MLS goal on 8 July 2006 against New York Red Bulls. During his three-year stay in Dallas, Oduro impressed fans and coaches with his blazing speed and effort. He was primarily used as a second half substitute, to provide a spark to the clubs attack, and ultimately appeared in 70 league matches for FC Dallas, with his most productive season coming in 2008 in which he netted 5 goals in 25 matches.

He was traded to New York Red Bulls on 12 January 2009, while Dave van den Bergh went in the other direction to FC Dallas.[1] In the deal, New York also acquired the #11 and #18 picks in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft while Dallas acquired the No. 14 pick.[2]

Less than five months later, New York traded Oduro to Houston Dynamo on 27 May 2009 for a first-round pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft and a second-round pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.[3] Oduro made his first start for the Houston Dynamo on 1 July 2009 against the USL-1 side Austin Aztex. The game was the third round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Houston won the match, played at Nelson Field in Austin, Texas, 2–0.

Oduro stayed with Houston through the 2009 and 2010 MLS seasons. After the 2010 season, he decided to make a move overseas but was unsuccessful in securing a contract and re-signed with Houston on 2 March 2011.[4] After missing a sitter in the opening game of the 2011 season, Oduro was traded to Chicago Fire in exchange for Calen Carr on 23 March 2011.[5] Dominic performed wonderfully since joining the Chicago Fire. He scored 12 goals during the 2011 MLS season with the Fire. For his outstanding play in 2011 he was awarded the Supporters Player of the Year award by Section 8 Chicago, the supporters section of the Chicago Fire.

Oduro was traded to Columbus Crew on 1 February 2013 in exchange for Dilly Duka.[6]

International career[edit]

Ghana national team

On 26 February 2012, Oduro was called up to the Ghana squad to face Chile.[7] Oduro made his Ghana debut against Chile on 29 February 2012 at the PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania.[8]

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
2005 Richmond Kickers Future PDL 13 16 2 2 0 0 0 0 15 18
2006 FC Dallas Major League Soccer 16 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 17 1
2007 29 3 2 0 2 0 3 0 36 3
2008 25 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 26 5
2009 New York Red Bulls 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Houston Dynamo 16 1 2 2 3 0 0 0 21 3
2010 27 5 2 1 0 0 3 1 32 7
2011 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Chicago Fire 33 12 2 2 0 0 0 0 35 14
2012 33 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 33 6
Total USA 196 48 14 7 5 0 6 1 221 56
Career total 196 48 14 7 5 0 6 1 221 56

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