Marius Obekop

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Marius Obekop
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Personal information
Date of birth (1994-12-19) 19 December 1994 (age 20)
Place of birth Yaoundé, Cameroon
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
New York Red Bulls
Number 21
Youth career
Arsenal de Yaounde
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Renaissance 18 (5)
2013– New York Red Bulls 7 (0)
2015 New York Red Bulls II (loan) 1 (0)
National team
2010–2011 Cameroon U17 30 (16)
2012– Cameroon U20 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 March 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

Marius Obekop (born 19 December 1994) is a Cameroonian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for the New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

Early Career[edit]

Obekop spent the majority of his youth career with Arsenal de Yaounde before joining Renaissance FC de Ngoumou in the Elite One, Cameroon's top division.[1] He made his debut with Renaissance on December 19, 2010 in a match against Caiman Douala scoring on a shot from outside the box. [2] Upon joining the club Obekop forced his way into the starting lineup and was a key player in helping Renaissance maintain its top flight status. In the 2012 season Obekop played 18 games for Renaissance in the league while also scoring five goals.[1]

New York Red Bulls[edit]

In November of 2012 scouts from Major League Soccer in the United States went to observe the top young Cameroonian players as selected by the Fédération Camerounaise de Football. Obekop impressed the American talent evaluators and earned a trial with New York Red Bulls in January 2013. [3] On March 18, 2013 the Red Bulls announced that they had agreed to terms with Obekop.[4] Obekop then made his professional debut with the team on 17 April 2013 against Sporting Kansas City.

Obekop was loaned to affiliate side New York Red Bulls II during the 2015 season and made his debut as a starter for the side in its first ever match on March 28, 2015 in a 0-0 draw with Rochester Rhinos.[5]

International[edit]

Obekop has represented Cameroon at the Under-17 and Under-20 levels. In 2010 he made his debut with the U-17s and scored 12 goals in 15 matches. The following year he appeared in 15 U-17 Cup of Nations qualifiers and scored 4 goals. In 2012 he appeared in 2 matches for the U-20s.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

United States New York Red Bulls

Career statistics[edit]

As of 27 October 2014[6]
Club Season League MLS Cup/Playoffs US Open Cup CONCACAF Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
New York Red Bulls 2013 5 0 0 0 0 0 - - 5 0
2014 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 5 0
Total 7 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 10 0
New York Red Bulls II 2015 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 8 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 11 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Red Bulls Sign Midfielder Marius Obekop and Forward Rafhinha". New York Red Bulls. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Marius Obekop profile". westafricanfootall.com. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Marius Obekop chez les Red Bulls de New York" (in French). mboafootball.com. 28 January 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Red Bulls sign Obekop and Rafhinha". newyorkredbulls.com. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Red Bulls II 0 Rochester Rhinos 0". newyorkredbulls.com. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Marius Obekop profile at Soccerway

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