|Full name||Ryan Alexander Hezekiah Adeleye
ריאן אלכסנדר חזקיה אדלי
|Date of birth||April 28, 1987|
|Place of birth||Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States|
|2007–2008||North Carolina Tar Heels|
|2009||Newark Ironbound Express||5||(0)|
|2009–2013||Hapoel Be'er Sheva||42||(2)|
|2015||Fort Lauderdale Strikers||1||(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.
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. Adeleye attended Newark Academy for high school where he received all-state, all-conference, all-prep and all-county honors in soccer.
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. Adeleye's goal for the Tar Heels in a 2007 match against Duke earned him ACC player of the week. After college, Adeleye entered the 2009 MLS SuperDraft where he went undrafted. That same summer, Adeleye was named to the US men's squad for the 2009 Maccabiah Games in Israel.
As part of the US Maccabiah team, Adeleye featured in a friendly match against Israeli Premier League side, Hapoel Be'er Sheva. 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. Adeleye made his professional debut for Be'er Sheva in a Toto Cup match against Hapoel Petah Tikva on August 18, 2009. The result was a 1–0 loss.
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. 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. 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.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|USA||League||Open Cup||League Cup||North America||Total|
|2009||Newark Ironbound Express||5||0||-||-||-||-||-||-||5||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|
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- 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.
- 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.