Sam Adekugbe joined Vancouver’s MLS roster as a Generation adidas Homegrown player on August 28, 2013 following two successful seasons in the Whitecaps FC Residency program.The young left back started 55 of his 60 appearances with the club’s U-16 and U-18 teams. During that period, he scored three goals and made back-to-back trips to the United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) Finals Week. In addition to being on the club’s MLS roster, Adekugbe will be a member of the club’s U-18 side for the 2013-14 USSDA season.
Prior to joining the MLS roster, Adekugbe enjoyed multiple training spells with the first team over the past two years. After making his MLS Reserve League debut as a 17-year-old in March 2012, the 5-foot-9, 165-pound defender started seven of his eight appearances with Whitecaps FC Reserves this season, contributing offensively with a goal and an assist in Vancouver’s 4-0 win over Seattle Sounders FC Reserves on July 7. The club’s first Homegrown defender also attended the ’Caps 2013 MLS preseason camp in Charleston, South Carolina.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
2013: As an 18 year-old, Adekugbe was added to the club's MLS roster on August 28, 2013. The young defender made his MLS debut in Vancouver's season finale on October 27, 2013, in a 3-0 triumph over Colorado Rapids. Adekugbe started at left back, and played all 90 minutes of the match.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER RESERVE LEAGUE
2013: Adekugbe made six appearances in reserve league play in 2013, playing the full ninety minutes in every match he took part in. In the Blue and White’s 4-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC Reserves on July 7, the left back scored a superb goal to put the game out of reach. 2012: As a 17-year-old, Adekugbe made his MLS Reserve League debut for Whitecaps FC reserves, as they drew 1-1 at home to Seattle Sounders FC reserves on Mar. 26. The defender played the second half of the season opener at Thunderbird Stadium on the campus of the University of British Columbia after replacing Jordan Harvey at halftime.
UNITED STATES SOCCER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY
2012-13: Adekugbe started 32 of 35 regular season games for Whitecaps FC U-18 Residency, registering two goals. 2011-12: Adekugbe started 23 of 25 regular season games for Whitecaps FC U-16 Residency, scoring one goal on the season in a 5-0 win over California Development Academy on September 24, 2011. Late in the season, Adekugbe joined Whitecaps FC U-18 Residency for the 2011-12 Academy Finals Week in Houston, Texas.
Senior: The homegrown left back was called up by head coach Benito Floro to a 10-day training camp from September 1 to September 10; the red and white played two friendlies versus Mauritania during that span. U-18: Adekugbe was called up to a week-long training camp with the Canadian U-18 team in November 2012, and and then again in October 2013 for an October 8 to October 14 camp in Guatemala.
Before moving to his current hometown of Calgary, Alberta, the defender played youth soccer in Manchester, England, with AFC Clayton (2000 to 2004) before immigrating to Canada and his current hometown of Calgary, Alberta, with his family in 2004. From 2004 to 2009, Adekugbe played for Calgary Foothills Saints before spending two years with Calgary Foothills Rapids (2009 to 2011). During his time at Calgary Foothills, the defender won three Calgary Minor Soccer Association tier-one championship titles and two Alberta provincial indoor titles. He also represented his home province of Alberta at the U-13 and U-16 levels.
Born in London, England, lived in Manchester, England, Adekugbe immigrated to Canada and his current hometown of Calgary, Alberta, at the age of nine. The defender's parents are Dee and Ben Adekugbe, while his younger brother Elijah was a member of Whitecaps FC Residency. He also has three sisters named Abigail, Debbie, and Ruth. He first attended Nicholas Varley Community School in Manchester, England (1999 to 2004) before attending Calgary's Midnapore School (2004 to 2006). He then attended Sir Winston Churchill High School (2009-10) and Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School (2010-11) in Calgary, Alberta.
When not playing soccer, Adekugbe enjoys reading soccer autobiographies and going to movies with his friends. His favourite team is English Premier League giants Manchester City FC, while he is also a fan of Manchester United's Welsh star Ryan Giggs and current Chelsea FC and England left fullback Ashley Cole. He would like to play at Wembley Stadium in London, England, and Manchester United's Old Trafford home one day. The defender likes eating linguini with Bolognese sauce, chicken, and garlic toast.