Amobi Okugo

Amobi Chidubem Okugo (born March 13, 1991) is an American soccer player who currently plays as a midfielder and defender for Austin Bold FC in the USL Championship.

Amobi Okugo
Okugo during 2011 preseason training with the Union
Personal information
Full name Amobi Chidubem Okugo
Date of birth (1991-03-13) March 13, 1991
Place of birth Hayward, California, United States
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Austin Bold
Number 15
Youth career
2006–2007 IMG Soccer Academy
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009 UCLA Bruins
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2014 Philadelphia Union 117 (5)
2015 Orlando City 15 (0)
2015 Sporting Kansas City 3 (0)
2016 New York Red Bulls II 1 (0)
2016–2017 Portland Timbers 14 (0)
2016–2017Portland Timbers 2 (loan) 5 (0)
2019– Austin Bold 32 (2)
National team
2007 United States U17 6 (0)
2008–2011 United States U20 15 (0)
2012 United States U23 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 25, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 27, 2012



Okugo grew up in Sacramento, California, attended Rio Americano High School and Jesuit High School, and played one year of college soccer at UCLA in 2009, where he was named the 2009 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.


Okugo was drafted in the first round (6th overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by Philadelphia Union.[1] He made his professional debut on March 25, 2010, in the opening game of the 2010 MLS season against Seattle Sounders FC.[2] After featuring in 26 league matches in his first two seasons with Philadelphia, Okugo became a regular starter for the Union during the 2012 season appearing in 27 matches. During the 2013 he continued to anchor the Union back line as he appeared in 32 matches and scored three goals. In June 2014 Okugo moved to his familiar role of defensive midfielder with the hiring of manager Jim Curtin and played there throughout the rest of the season.

In December 2014, Okugo was traded to Orlando City SC[3] for allocation money and the Union's second round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft. While with Orlando he featured mostly as a starter in his 15 matches with the club. On July 20, 2015, Okugo was traded to Sporting Kansas City in a swap deal which involved Servando Carrasco moving to Orlando City Soccer Club.[4]

On April 10, 2016, Major League Soccer loaned Okugo to the New York Red Bulls II of the United Soccer League. Because Okugo is still under contract with the league and unattached, they are able to loan him and his contract.[5] The same day he made his debut for the side starting in central defense in a 4–0 victory over Bethlehem Steel FC.[6]

After his quick stint with Red Bulls II, Okugo signed a permanent deal with the defending MLS Cup Champions, Portland Timbers on May 16.[7] Following the end of the 2017 season, Okugo's option was declined by the Timbers.[8] Okugo's next professional appearance came for NPSL side Sacramento Gold FC in a 2–1 loss to Sacramento Republic FC.[9]

On February 11, 2019, Okugo signed for the Austin Bold FC. [10]


Okugo has been a mainstay in U.S. youth national teams for many years. He played with the U-20s at the 2009 CONCACAF Championships and with the U-18s at the 2009 Australian Youth Festival, where he scored two goals in three games. He was in residency with the U.S. U-17s and had six caps in 2007, and scored the only goal for the U.S. U-18 team at the 2008 Lisbon Tournament.

Okugo started and played the full 90 minutes in 2 games for the U-20's at the Torneo De Las Americas in November 2010. He captained the team in their match vs. Colombia.[11] Okugo was also a late addition to the U-20 camp in January 2011.[12]

Okugo, along with Union teammate Zac MacMath, was called up to the U-20 squad for the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in March and April 2011. Philadelphia Union were the only Major League Soccer team with two players represented.[13] In late 2011, Okugo was called into the first two USMNT U-23 Olympic camps. Okugo was called into the final camp before qualifying as the U-23's take on the Mexican U-23's.[14]

Career statistics

As of April 26, 2019[15]
Club Season League MLS Cup/Playoffs US Open Cup CONCACAF Total
Philadelphia Union 2010 110001000120
2011 150000000150
2012 270004000310
2013 323002000343
2014 322003100353
Total 117500101001276
Orlando City 2015 150002000170
Total 150002000170
Sporting Kansas City 2015 3000000030
Total 3000000030
New York Red Bulls II 2016 1000000010
Total 1000000010
Portland Timbers 2016 4000102070
2017 100000000100
Total 140001020170
Portland Timbers 2 (loan) 2016 3000000030
2017 2000000020
Total 5000000050
Austin Bold 2019 7000000070
Total 7000000070
Career Totals 162500131201776


Okugo was born to Nigerian parents.[16] His favorite players growing up were Nigerian internationals Jay-Jay Okocha, Sunday Oliseh, and John Obi Mikel. In addition to playing professionally, Okugo once coached soccer to young soccer players in Philadelphia. Also, at age 13, Amobi played for what is largely considered the most dominant youth soccer team of all time, El Dorado Crew, where he won the US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships in Spokane, Washington in a stunning 5–0 victory over Santa Cruz County Chivitias.[17] Amobi also runs a website called Frugal Athlete where he and other professional athletes post blog articles and videos to help increase financial literacy and encourage prudent financial practices among their peers in professional sports as well as the general public at large. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Leadership and Development with a minor in Business Administration, to be followed by graduate school.[18]


  1. 2010 MLS SuperDraft Archived March 19, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 22, 2011. Retrieved March 26, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. "Orlando City SC makes major moves acquires Aurelien Collin Tally Hall and AM".
  4. "Orlando City Trades Amobi Okugo for Servando Carrasco". July 20, 2015.
  5. "New York Red Bulls Loan Two Players to NYRB II; NYRB II Complete Loan of Amobi Okugo".
  6. "NYRB II Chemistry, Depth on Display against Steel".
  7. "Portland Timbers sign veteran midfielder/defender Amobi Okugo".
  8. Doyle, Matthew (January 24, 2018). "Armchair Analyst: Roster build status for Portland Timbers". Major League Soccer. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  9. Steimel, Sean (February 10, 2018). "MATCH RECAP: SACRAMENTO REPUBLIC FC 2, SACRAMENTO GOLD FC 1". SportsEngine. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  10. Steimel, Sean (February 10, 2018). "New signee Amobi Okugo joins Austin Bold FC for first scrimmage".]. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  12. Okugo Added to US U-20 Camp
  13. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 20, 2011. Retrieved March 19, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Rongen Finalizes Roster for CONCACAF Under-20 Championship
  14. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 18, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. "USA - A. Okugo". Retrieved April 26, 2019. A. OKUGO
  17. "Champions Crowned at the 2004 US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships | US Youth Soccer". US Youth Soccer. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
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