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 21)
Place of birth London, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Number 3
Youth career
2000–2004 AFC Clayton
2004–2009 Calgary Foothills Saints
2009–2011 Calgary Foothills Rapids
2011–2013 Whitecaps FC Residency
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013 Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 3 (0)
2013– Vancouver Whitecaps FC 14 (0)
2015 Whitecaps FC 2 (loan) 2 (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 January 1, 2016.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of February 5, 2016

Samuel A. "Sam" Adekugbe (born January 16, 1995) is a Canadian soccer player who currently plays for Vancouver Whitecaps FC in Major League Soccer and Canada U20 internationally, although he was eligible to represent England, Nigeria and Canada, he elected to represent Canada in a World Cup Qualifier against Belize in September 2015.

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]

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,[3] however he only represented Canada at youth level and now at the senior level.


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.[4] 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.[5]


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.[6]

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.[7] He is a fan of Manchester City[3]

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.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Whitecaps FC add Homegrown defender Sam Adekugbe to MLS roster". 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". Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Weber, Marc (April 12, 2012). "GOAL!: Q&A with Whitecaps residency player Sam Adekugbe". Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Canada M20 to face England, Russia and USA on road to 2015 CONCACAF Championship". Canada Soccer. November 7, 2014. 
  5. ^ Rowaan, Dave (January 5, 2014). "Canada names squad for CONCACAF U20 Championships". 
  6. ^ "Canada names large squad for first camp under Floro". Canada Soccer. August 27, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Michael Petrasso profile". Canada Soccer. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Whitecaps FC add Homegrown defender Sam Adekugbe to MLS roster". Vancouver Whitecaps FC. 

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