The Union selected defensive midfielder Amobi Okugo from UCLA with the sixth overall pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft after earning Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors in 2009.
A youth U.S. Men's National Team stalwart, Okugo featured for the U.S. in the 2011 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship. Okugo played with the U-20 MNT at the 2009 CONCACAF U-20 Championships and with the U-18 MNT at the 2009 Australian Youth Festival, scoring two goals in three games. Okugo was a member of the U.S. Soccer Residency Program from the Fall 2006 through the Fall 2007 semester.
2012: Played in 27 games starting in 24 logging 2230 minutes. Amobi proved to be a versatile player, playing several games at both midfield and defender. He recorded his first MLS assist on September 23during the Union’s 3-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo.
2011: Started in 10 of 15 matches played for the Union for a total of 811 minutes…Took 12 shots… Named a starter in seven Reserve League games (D.C. United 7/3; New England 7/18, 9/8; New York 8/15; Columbus 8/21, 9/18; Toronto 10/16).
2010: Drafted #6 overall by Philadelphia out of UCLA...Made professional debut on March 25 as a substitute in the team’s inaugural game at Seattle... Made four starts in 11 appearances for a total of 437 minutes.
COLLEGE: Generation adidas signee … Earned Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors ... Also received second-team All-Pac-10 acclaim ... Consensus All-Freshman selection nationally ... Started in all 20 games for UCLA, totaling 1,744 minutes, third-most on the squad ... Recorded two assists (against UC Davis and vs. Oregon State) ... Helped the Bruins record six shutouts and a team goals against average of 0.86.
HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB : First-team Parade All-American in 2009 and 2008 ... Ranked as the No. 1 recruit in 2009 by Top Drawer Soccer ... Three-time NSCAA/adidas Youth All-American ... Played club soccer with the San Juan Soccer Club, winning the 2008 Surf Cup ... Won a regional championship with the ODP State team.
INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE: Mainstay with the U.S. Youth National Teams ...Started in games against Suriname and Guatemala during 2011 U-20 World Cup Qualifying, just missing the WC with a loss to host Guatemala…Called up to U-23 camp in Germany in November of 2011…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, and at the 2009 Milk Cup ... Was in residency with the U.S. U-17s and had six caps in 2007 ... With the U-18s, he scored the only goal for the U.S. at the 2008 Lisbon Tournament … Trained with U-23 U.S. Men’s National Team ahead of 2011 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying, earning three separate appearances with the squad.