Ryan Adeleye

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Ryan Adeleye
ריאן אדלי
Personal information
Full name Ryan Alexander Hezekiah Adeleye
ריאן אלכסנדר חזקיה אדלי
Date of birth (1987-04-28) April 28, 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Number 12
Youth career
2005–2006 Davidson Wildcats
2007–2008 North Carolina Tar Heels
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 Carolina Dynamo 5 (0)
2009 Newark Ironbound Express 5 (0)
2009–2013 Hapoel Be'er Sheva 42 (2)
2013–2014 Hapoel Ashkelon 41 (4)
2015 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1 (0)
2015–2016 Hapoel Jerusalem 24 (1)
2016– Pittsburgh Riverhounds 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 26, 2016.

Ryan Alexander Hezekiah Adeleye (Hebrew: ריאן אלכסנדר חזקיה אדלי‎‎; born April 28, 1987 in Elizabeth, New Jersey) is an American professional soccer player who currently plays for Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the United Soccer League.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Adeleye was born to Manny Adeleye and Lori Herzig. His father is a Nigerian who converted to Judaism, while his mother is a Jewish from Connecticut.[1][2] Adeleye attended Newark Academy for high school where he received all-state, all-conference, all-prep and all-county honors in soccer.

College[edit]

Adeleye attended Davidson College from 2005 to 2006. Afterwards, he transferred to the University of North Carolina where he was a member of the North Carolina Tar Heels men's soccer team.[3] Adeleye's goal for the Tar Heels in a 2007 match against Duke earned him ACC player of the week.[4] After college, Adeleye entered the 2009 MLS SuperDraft where he went undrafted.[5] That same summer, Adeleye was named to the US men's squad for the 2009 Maccabiah Games in Israel.[6]

Israel[edit]

As part of the US Maccabiah team, Adeleye featured in a friendly match against Israeli Premier League side, Hapoel Be'er Sheva.[7][8] Adeleye managed to impress manager, Guy Azouri, and joined Be'er Sheva on trial at the conclusion of the men's tournament along with teammate Daniel Schultz.

After being signed, Adeleye counted as a foreigner for the club as they awaited his naturalization via the Law of Return.[9] Adeleye made his professional debut for Be'er Sheva in a Toto Cup match against Hapoel Petah Tikva on August 18, 2009.[10] The result was a 1–0 loss.[11]

During a training session, Adeleye collapsed causing panic within the club. He returned to regular training a week later with the permission of the medical staff.[12] The event was scary for Be'er Sheva as it was a tough reminder of former player Chaswe Nsofwa, who died during a training match.[13] About a month later, on December 5, 2009, Adeleye made his league debut coming on for Shimon Harush in the 86th minute in a 2–0 victory over Hapoel Petah Tikva.

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
2008 Carolina Dynamo PDL 5 0 - - - - - - 5 0
2009 Newark Ironbound Express 5 0 - - - - - - 5 0
Total USA 10 0 - - - - - - 10 0
Israel League Israel State Cup Toto Cup Europe Total
2009–10 Hapoel Be'er Sheva Ligat ha'Al 8 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 10 1
2010–11 Hapoel Be'er Sheva Ligat ha'Al 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
2011–12 Hapoel Be'er Sheva Ligat ha'Al 17 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 1
Israel Ligat ha'Al 44 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 44 2
Career total 54 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 54 2

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Fort Lauderdale Strikers sign first American-Israeli player to team". Sun Sentinel. 11 February 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Ryan Adeleye represents his religion in NASL". ONE World Sports. 27 March 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Blue Devils land the top class". ESPN. August 5, 2007. Retrieved November 13, 2009. 
  4. ^ "North Carolina's Ryan Adeleye Tabbed as ACC Men's Soccer Player of the Week". Atlantic Coast Conference. October 15, 2007. Retrieved November 10, 2009. 
  5. ^ "SuperDraft 2009 Tracker". MLSNet. Archived from the original on December 8, 2009. Retrieved November 10, 2009. 
  6. ^ Weinstein, Simcha (July 16, 2009). "New Jersey participants in Maccabiah Games". New Jersey Jewish News. Retrieved November 13, 2009. 
  7. ^ Itzhaki, Itzik (July 1, 2009). גיא עזורי בודק אופציות מהמכביה [Guy Azouri Checking Options From Maccabiah] (in Hebrew). Walla!. Retrieved November 13, 2009. 
  8. ^ Berman, Igal (July 1, 2009). הפועל ב"ש גברה 0:2 על נבחרת ארה"ב למכביה [Hapoel BS Wins 2–0 Over US Maccabiah Team] (in Hebrew). One.co.il. Retrieved November 13, 2009. 
  9. ^ Itzhaki, Itzik (September 7, 2009). ב"ש בודקת אפשרות לצרף את חלוץ נבחרת פנמה [BS Checking Option To Add Striker Of Panamanian National Team] (in Hebrew). Walla!. Retrieved November 13, 2009. 
  10. ^ Berman, Igal (August 18, 2009). הפסד נוסף לבאר שבע: 1:0 להפועל פתח תקוה [Another Loss To Be'er Sheva: 1–0 To Hapoel Petah Tikva] (in Hebrew). One.co.il. Retrieved November 13, 2009. 
  11. ^ Abergel, Ziv (August 18, 2009). "0:1 להפ' פ"ת בב"ש. עזורי: לא מרגיש לחץ" [1:0 To Hapoel PT At BS. Azouri: I Don't Feel Pressure] (in Hebrew). Sport5. Retrieved November 13, 2009. 
  12. ^ Zelkai, Haim (October 23, 2009). הפועל ב"ש: ריאן אדלי חזר להתאמן [Hapoel BS: Ryan Adeleye Returned To Train]. Ma'ariv (in Hebrew). NRG.co.il. Retrieved November 13, 2009. 
  13. ^ Zelkai, Haim (October 15, 2009). ב"ש: אדלי התמוטט במהלך האימון [Hapoel BS: Adeleye Collapsed During Training]. Ma'ariv (in Hebrew). NRG.co.il. Retrieved November 13, 2009. 

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