Eddie Ababio

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Eddie Ababio
Personal information
Full name Edward Kwame Ababio
Date of birth (1988-01-01) January 1, 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Accra, Ghana
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
2004–2005 IMG Soccer Academy
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 North Carolina Tar Heels 65 (12)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 Bradenton Academics 0 (0)
2007–2009 Carolina Dynamo 25 (10)
2011–2012 Colorado Rapids 3 (1)
2012 Tampa Bay Rowdies 1 (0)
2013 Carolina RailHawks 4 (0)
2013 Águila 16 (0)
2014 Tampa Marauders 9 (0)
National team
2004–2005 United States U17 13 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 11, 2015
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 25, 2012

Edward Kwame Ababio (born January 1, 1988) is a retired Ghanaian-American soccer player. Ababio is currently a coach with Tampa Bay United, a youth organization supported by the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Ababio previously coached with Florida Hawks FC, a youth program based in Lithia, Florida.


College and Amateur[edit]

Born in Accra, Ghana, Ababio lived for several years in Tampa, Florida where he played for HC United and Gaither High School before joining the US Under-17 national team residency at the IMG Soccer Academy in Bradenton, Florida. He played for the UNC Tar Heels in college where he featured regularly almost throughout his time at the school (he was medically redshirted after making three appearances in the 2009 season).[1]

During his college years Ababio also played with Carolina Dynamo[2][3][4] in the USL Premier Development League, and was on the roster of the Bradenton Academics, but did not feature in any games for the Florida team due to injury.


Ababio was drafted in the first round (18th overall) of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft by the Colorado Rapids.[5] He signed with the Rapids on April 14, 2011.[6]

Ababio made his professional debut in a group stage match on September 28, 2011, in the 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League, scoring in his debut against Isidro Metapán of El Salvador.

Ababio was waived by Colorado on June 28, 2012.[7]


  1. ^ "University of North Carolina Tar Heels Official Athletic Site". www.goheels.com.
  2. ^ http://www.uslsoccer.com/teams/2009/22307.html#STATS
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-10. Retrieved 2011-01-15.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-10. Retrieved 2011-01-15.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Colorado select UNC defender Eddie Ababio". 13 January 2011.
  6. ^ "Rapids Sign First Round Draft Pick". 14 April 2011.
  7. ^ "Rapids waive Amarikwa, LaBauex, and Ababio". 28 June 2012.

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