Player Details


Ike Opara


6' 2"


181 lbs

Date of Birth

2.21.1989 (35)


Durham, NC USA



Position Detail

Central Defender

Preferred Side


Roster Category


Player Status

Career Summary

ACQUIRED: Traded from Sporting Kansas City on 1/28/2019

Opara came to Minnesota in early 2019 via a trade with Sporting Kansas City. He joins the Loons after six seasons with Sporting Kansas City. The defender joined Kansas City in 2013. Throughout his six seasons with Kansas City, Opara started 100 games, logging 9,098 minutes, with five assists and 12 goals. During the 2017 season, Opara was named to MLS Best XI, and was awarded the 2017 Defender of the Year. He made 30 starts while anchoring a defense that conceded just 29 goals during the 2017 regular season, eight fewer than any other team. In 2018, he followed up with another successful campaign, making 31 starts, playing 2,773 minutes, contributing to 11 shutouts with three goals and two assists.

Prior to joining Sporting Kansas City, the defender began his professional career with the San Jose Earthquakes when he was drafted 3rd overall in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft as a Generation adidas signing. During his three seasons with the Quakes, Opara played in 35 games, notching 2,162 minutes with five assists and three goals.

In 2019, after a stellar first campaign with the Loons where Minnesota United conceded 28 goals less than the year previous, Opara was awarded for his efforts by being named the MLS Defender of the Year, and was one of two MNUFC players selected in the MLS Best XI.

2020: Made first start on March 1 at POR...Scored first and second goals of the year on March 7 at SJ

2019: Made MNUFC debut on March 2 at VAN...Scored first goal of the year on May 4 vs SEA...Scored second and third goals on June 19 vs CIN...Provided first assist of the year on July 3 vs SJ

INTERNATIONAL: Opara represented the United States at the 2009 FIFA U20 World Cup and at the U-3 level during the 2012 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament. He then made his senior international debut in January 2018, anchoring the U.S. backline in a shutout effort against Bosnia and Herzegovina.s.