Player Details

Name

Ike Opara

Height

6' 2"

Weight

181 lbs

Date of Birth

2.21.1989 (32)

Birthplace

Durham, NC USA

Position

Defender

Position Detail

Central Defender

Preferred Side

Centre

Footedness

2020 MLS Regular Season
2020 MLS Regular Season

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Career Summary

HOW ACQUIRED: Traded from Sporting KC to Minnesota on Jan. 28, 2019.

PRONUNCIATION: oh-PAR-ah

Named Defender of the Year and to Best XI in 2017 after an injury-plagued start to his MLS career, the Wake Forest product earned his first call up to the national team in 2018. After another strong season with Sporting KC in 2018, he was the rock of a Loons defense that had struggled in previous years and earned a second Best XI selection.

INTERNATIONAL: Started all three matches at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt. Invited to camp with the US Olympic squad (U-23) in February 2012. Featured in 2018 match against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

COLLEGE: Played three seasons at Wake Forest before declaring for the 2010 SuperDraft. Two-time ACC defensive player of the year. Two-time All-American, and MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist in 2008.

NOTES: Selected No. 3 overall in the 2010 SuperDraft by the San Jose Earthquakes...2017 MLS Defender of the Year...2019, 2017 MLS Best XI

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