Lawrence Olum

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Lawrence Olum
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-07-10) 10 July 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Nairobi, Kenya
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender, Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Portland Timbers
Number 13
Youth career
2003–2006 Missouri Baptist Spartans
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 St. Louis Lions 16 (9)
2007–2008 Portland Timbers 44 (6)
2009 Minnesota Thunder 28 (5)
2010 Austin Aztex 21 (3)
2011 Orlando City 21 (0)
2011–2014 Sporting Kansas City 67 (3)
2015 Kedah FA 6 (0)
2016 Sporting Kansas City 19 (2)
2017– Portland Timbers 8 (1)
National team
2014– Kenya 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of March 3, 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 6, 2015

Lawrence Olum (born 10 July 1984) is a Kenyan professional footballer who plays for Portland Timbers in Major League Soccer.


College and amateur[edit]

Olum spent four years playing college soccer at Missouri Baptist University, earning NAIA honorable mention All-America honors three times.[1]

After graduating, Olum spent the 2006 season with the St. Louis Lions of the USL Premier Development League, scoring 9 goals in 16 games.[1]


Olum turned professional with the Portland Timbers of the USL First Division in 2007, before moving to the Minnesota Thunder in March 2009.[2] He later played for the Austin Aztex and Orlando City, before moving to Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer in September 2011.[3]

Olum moved to Kedah FA in the Malaysia Premier League ahead of the 2015 season.[4] After one season abroad, he re-signed with Sporting Kansas City in December 2015.[5]

On February 3, 2017, Olum was traded to Portland Timbers, now of MLS, in exchange for $50,000 in general allocation money and a first-round pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.[6]

International career[edit]

Olum was the subject of interest from the Kenyan national team in November 2009.[7] He was called up to the Kenya national team in November 2012 for the 2012 CECAFA Cup.[8]

Olum made his international debut in a 1–0 victory over Comoros in May 2014.[9]


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