|Full name||Ugochukwu Ihemelu|
|Date of birth||April 3, 1983|
|Place of birth||Enugu, Nigeria|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|2005–2006||Los Angeles Galaxy||54||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 16, 2012.
Ihemelu grew up in the United States, attended Cedar Hill High School in Cedar Hill, Texas (a suburb of Dallas), and played college soccer at Southern Methodist University, where he was named All-Missouri Valley Conference his junior and senior seasons.
The Los Angeles Galaxy drafted him with the fifth overall pick of the 2005 MLS SuperDraft. He helped the Galaxy to the US Open Cup and MLS Cup double in his rookie season. After his second season in LA, on December 1, 2006, Ihemelu was traded to the Colorado Rapids. After 3 years with Colorado, Ihemelu was traded to FC Dallas in exchange for Drew Moor, a 2010 MLS SuperDraft pick, and allocation money.
Ihemelu was named to the MLS Team of the Week in weeks 8 and 11 in the 2011 MLS season for his play against D.C. United, Seattle Sounders, and Houston Dynamo. On June 30, 2011, he signed a contract extension with FC Dallas through the 2015 MLS season. Prior to the 2012 MLS season, Ihemelu was named FC Dallas captain. During the 2012 season, he suffered a concussion that eventually led to his retirement.
Unusually, he was then called up by Canada in June 2008 and traveled with the team for their match against St. Vincent and the Grenadines. While the Canadian Soccer Association has Ihemelu's hometown listed as Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ihemelu's eligibility to play for Canada was in doubt, due to his appearing for the United States in the aforementioned Norway game, and to questions over his Canadian citizenship. For these reasons, the Canadians did not field Ihemelu in the Saint Vincent game.
In January 2009 Ihemelu was called into the US's training camp. He joined San Jose (MLS) defender Jason Hernandez as replacements for Clarence Goodson and Cory Gibbs who left camp early. He then appeared in the match following the camp against Sweden, clearing a guaranteed goal off the line.
Los Angeles Galaxy
- Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (1): 2005
- Major League Soccer MLS Cup (1): 2005
- Major League Soccer Western Conference Championship (1): 2005
- "Ugo Ihemelu talks FC Dallas and his career-ending injury".
- "2006 Men's National Team Stats". U.S. Soccer. Archived from the original on October 13, 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-17.
- Canada returns to training in Florida
- MLS player profile
- Ihemelu interview with Soccer365
- Database entry at Yanks Abroad
- CanadaSoccer Profile
- Ugo Ihemelu at National-Football-Teams.com
Daniel Hernández (soccer)
|FC Dallas captain