Ike Opara

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Ike Opara
Personal information
Full name Ikenna Martin Opara[1]
Date of birth (1989-02-21) February 21, 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Durham, North Carolina, United States
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Sporting Kansas City
Number 3
Youth career
2007–2009 Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Cary Clarets 13 (0)
2010–2012 San Jose Earthquakes 35 (3)
2013– Sporting Kansas City 55 (6)
National team
2009 United States U20 7 (0)
2012 United States U23 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of March 20, 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 27, 2012

Ikenna Martin "Ike" Opara (/ˈpɑːrə/;born February 21, 1989) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Sporting Kansas City in Major League Soccer.


College and amateur[edit]

Opara played college soccer at Wake Forest University from 2007 to 2009 where he appeared in 65 games scoring nine goals and adding three assists. He was a member of Wake Forest's 2007 NCAA College Cup Championship team. He was named ACC Defensive Player of the year in 2008 and 2009.

During his college years Opara also played two seasons for Cary Clarets[2] in the USL Premier Development League.[3][4]


Opara was drafted in the first round (3rd overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by San Jose Earthquakes.[5]

He made his professional debut on March 27, 2010, in San Jose's opening game of the 2010 MLS season against Real Salt Lake,[6] and scored his first professional career goal - an away match winner - against Chicago Fire on April 10, 2010.[7]

Opara was traded to Sporting Kansas City from San Jose on December 12, 2012 for Kansas City's natural second round selection in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.[8]


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