Sam Adekugbe

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Sam Adekugbe
Personal information
Full name Samuel A. Adekugbe
Date of birth (1995-01-16) January 16, 1995 (age 22)
Place of birth London, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Brighton & Hove Albion
(on loan from Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
Number 44
Youth career
2000–2004 AFC Clayton
2004–2009 Calgary Foothills Saints
2009–2011 Calgary Foothills Rapids
2011–2013 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013 Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 3 (0)
2013– Vancouver Whitecaps FC 16 (0)
2015 Whitecaps FC 2 (loan) 6 (0)
2016– Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 1 (0)
National team
2013 Canada U18 1 (0)
2014–2015 Canada U20 6 (0)
2015– Canada 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 21, 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of February 5, 2016

Samuel A. "Sam" Adekugbe (born January 16, 1995) is a Canadian professional soccer player who currently plays for Brighton & Hove Albion, on loan from Vancouver Whitecaps FC, as a left back. He has represented Canada at the under-18, under-20, and senior levels.

Club career[edit]

Vancouver Whitecaps FC[edit]

On August 28, 2013, Adekugbe signed a generation adidas homegrown contract with MLS club Vancouver Whitecaps FC, making him the seventh homegrown signing in club history.[1] He made his professional debut on October 27 in the final game of the 2013 season which ended in a 3–0 victory over Colorado Rapids.[2]

Brighton & Hove Albion loan[edit]

During Winter 2015, Adekugbe was invited to train at English Football League Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion.[3] On July 15, 2016, Adekugbe transferred to Brighton on a season-long loan deal agreement, initially linking up with the club's development squad.[4] On August 9, 2016, Adekugbe started in the 4–0 victory over Colchester United in the 2016–17 EFL Cup.[5] On August 23, 2016, Adekugbe scored his first professional goal in a 4-2 victory over Oxford United in the second round of the 2016–17 EFL Cup.[6]

On January 14, 2017 Adekugbe started his first Championship game in a 2–0 defeat against Preston North End.[citation needed]

International career[edit]

Adekugbe was eligible to represent England, Nigeria or Canada internationally. In 2012, he was quoted saying he dreamed of playing for England at Wembley.[7] However, he has represented Canada at youth and senior level.

Youth[edit]

Adekugbe was part of Canada's U-18 squad for the 2013 COTIF U-20 tournament from August 11 to 21.[1] After a successful 2014 campaign with Vancouver, Adekugbe was called up to the U20 squad by coach Rob Gale on November 7, 2014.[8] He made his debut for the side against England on November 12 in a 1-1 draw. In January 2015 he would participate with Canada in the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.[9]

Senior[edit]

Adekugbe received his first call up to the Canada senior national team for friendlies against Mauritania on September 8 and 10. However, he did not feature in either match. Sam was played as a sub in the second leg of the 2018 World Cup qualifier between Canada and Belize, cap-tying him to the Canadian senior team.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Adekugbe was born in London to parents with Nigerian heritage and lived in England until 10, when his family moved to Canada.[11] He is a fan of Manchester City.[7]

Adekugbe received his Canadian permanent residency status on August 23, 2013, which qualifies him as a domestic player on Canadian clubs for MLS roster purposes.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of January 28, 2017[13]
Club League Season League Playoffs Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Vancouver Whitecaps FC MLS 2013 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2014 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2015 9 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 14 0
2016 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 0
Total 16 0 0 0 3 0 4 0 23 0
Whitecaps FC 2 (loan) USL 2015 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2016 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) Football League Championship 2016-17 1 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 5 1
Total 1 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 5 1
Career total 23 0 0 0 7 1 4 0 34 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Whitecaps FC add Homegrown defender Sam Adekugbe to MLS roster". WhitecapsFC.com. Vancouver Whitecaps FC. August 28, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ Devji, Farhan (October 27, 2013). "Camilo hat-trick carries Vancouver Whitecaps FC to 3-0 win over Colorado Rapids in 2013 season finale". WhitecapsFC.com. Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Whitecaps FC defender Sam Adekugbe training with Brighton". Vancouver Whitecaps FC. November 26, 2015. Retrieved July 15, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Canadian International arrives on loan". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. July 15, 2016. Retrieved July 15, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Match Report". Brighton & Hove Albion Official Website. August 9, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Match Report". Brighton & Hove Albion Official Website. August 23, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Weber, Marc (April 12, 2012). "GOAL!: Q&A with Whitecaps residency player Sam Adekugbe". canada.com. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Canada M20 to face England, Russia and USA on road to 2015 CONCACAF Championship". Canada Soccer. November 7, 2014. 
  9. ^ Rowaan, Dave (January 5, 2014). "Canada names squad for CONCACAF U20 Championships". 
  10. ^ "Canada names large squad for first camp under Floro". Canada Soccer. August 27, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Michael Petrasso profile". Canada Soccer. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Whitecaps FC add Homegrown defender Sam Adekugbe to MLS roster". Vancouver Whitecaps FC. 
  13. ^ "Sam Adekugbe Profile". Retrieved March 22, 2016. 

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