Player Details


Chris Odoi-Atsem


Oh-doy Ah-chum


5' 10"


150 lbs

Date of Birth

5.28.1995 (26)


Mitchellville, MD USA



Position Detail

Full Back

Preferred Side


Roster Category

2021 MLS Regular Season
2021 MLS Regular Season
Career Summary

MLS Experience

2019:  After being cleared to play following his battle with Stage II Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Chris Odoi-Atsem returned to the lineup for D.C. United during the 3-3 draw against the Chicago Fire on May 29. The defender started the game and played 68 minutes. Odoi-Atsem made two more appearances as a substitute recording an impressive passing accuracy of 84%. The Maryland native spent the majority of the season with D.C. United’s USL Championship affiliate Loudoun United where he made six appearances and recorded two assists.

2018: The second-year defender made one appearance for United in 2018, playing 12 minutes off the bench in a 3-1 loss to Columbus on March 14. Odoi-Atsem tallied 11 touches and four passes against the Crew. Odoi-Atsem’s season was cut short due to his diagnosis of Stage Two Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

2017: In his rookie year, Odoi-Atsem made nine appearances (five starts). He made his full MLS debut as a 90th minute substitute in the 3-1 win against Atlanta on April 30. Odoi-Atsem also started and played 90 minutes in both of United’s 2017 U.S. Lamar Hunt Open Cup matches.

College Experience

Chris Odoi-Atsem played four seasons for the University of Maryland and made 81 appearances. Odoi-Atsem immediately earned a starting spot as a freshman and went on to become one of their best performers over four seasons with the Terps. As a senior in 2016, the defender recorded one goal and a career-high six assists while helping his team win a Big Ten Championship.

  • 2016: First Team All-Big Ten

  • 2016 NSCAA FIrst Team ALL-Midwest Region

  • 2015: Second Team All-Big Ten Conference

  • 2014: First Team All-Big Ten Conference


February 16, 2018 - United signed Chris Odoi-Atsem to a one-year contract with options for 2019 and 2020.


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