Player Details


Emmanuel Ekpo


6' 2"


165 lbs

Date of Birth

12.20.1987 (33)


Ekori, Nigeria


2021 MLS Regular Season
2021 MLS Regular Season


Career Summary

MLS Career Highlights: Had appeared in 69 games, with 42 starts, entering this  season... Had four goals and seven assists in that time... Scored his first career MLS goal on  6/28/08 vs. COL... Tallied first career MLS assist on 5/10/08 at S.J. ... Made his Crew and  MLS debut 5/3/08 vs. K.C. ... Signed by the Crew on 4/15/08 via discovery.

MLS Career Playoff Highlights: Had seven appearances, with three starts, entering this season...  Had two assists in that time… Was a member of the Crew’s 2008 MLS Cup championship  team... U.S. Open Cup Career Highlights: Had made six appearances, with five starts,  entering this season… Had one goal and one assist in that time… CONCACAF Champions League Career Highlights: Had appeared in 10 matches, with six starts, entering  this season… scored one goal and recorded one assist ...Had one yellow card. 

2010 MLS Season: Appeared in 24 matches, with 13 starts... Had one yellow card  (5/23)... Missed matches on 8/28, 9/4 for R groin strain... In his third season with the Crew...  2010 Playoffs: Started both matches against Colorado... Recorded a game-winning assist  on 11/6 in second leg off Eastern Conference semifinal2010-11 CONCACAF Champi-ons League: Appeared in four matches, with three starts... Has recorded one goal (8/18)...  Had one game-winning goal (8/18), and one assist (9/14).

2010 U.S. Open Cup: Started in three matches (6/29, 7/6 and in final 10/5)... Had one assist (7/6). 

2009 MLS Season: Appeared in 28 matches, with 22 starts... Had two goals and led the  Crew with six assists… Had three game-winning assists... Had six yellow cards... Had one red  card... Missed match on 10/17 due to red card suspension... Missed match on 7/18 due to  yellow card accumulation.

2009 MLS Cup Playoffs: Appeared in both playoff matches  vs. RSL, with one start… Had one assist.

2009 U.S. Open Cup: Appeared as a substitute  in the Round of 16 match at Rochester.

2009 CONCACAF Champions League: Ap-peared in six matches, with three starts... Had one yellow card. 

2008 MLS Season: Appeared in 17 games, with seven starts... Had two goals (6/28  vs. Colorado and 7/5 vs. CHI) and one assist (5/10 at S.J.)... Had one game-winning goal  (6/28)... Made first start of his Crew and MLS career on 6/7 vs. S.J. ... Made his Crew  and MLS debut in the Crew’s 2-1 victory over K.C. on 5/3... Had one yellow card (6/28)...  Missed matches on 7/27, 8/2, 8/16 and 8/23 while with the Nigerian Olympic squad in  Beijing, China.

2008 MLS Cup Playoffs: Came on as a sub in three MLS Cup Playoff  matches in the Crew’s run to MLS Cup title... Had one yellow card (11/8).

2008 U.S.  Open Cup: Started both USOC qualifying matches, vs. RSL on 5/27 and at Chicago, in  Peoria, Ill., on 6/10... Scored first goal of his Crew career on 6/10... Had one yellow card  (5/27)... 2008 Reserve Division: Appeared and started in five games... Had one assist (5/4 vs. K.C.). 

Other Pro Highlights: Spent time in the Nigerian Premier League with Enyimba FC (2007)  and Akwa United (2006-07)...  Broke in with Rovers of Calabar, of the Nigerian Division One  League, after coming up through its youth system. 

Nigerian National Team: Earned a silver medal as a member of the Nigerian Olympic  Team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China... Selected for the 2008 Nigeria  Olympic soccer team on 7/10/08... Participated in 2008 African Games qualifying... Also  represented Nigeria at the U-20 level. 

Personal: The son of Mr. and Mrs. Ekpo Ekubi Dennis... Has one sister, named Mary...  Enjoys going swimming, playing billiards and watching movies... Favorite music is blues and  country... Favorite place to go in Columbus is Easton.



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