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Dominic Oduro (born 13 August 1985) is a Ghanaian footballer who plays as a forward for the Charlotte Independence in the USL Championship.

Dominic Oduro
Dominic Oduro Fire.jpg
Oduro in 2011
Personal information
Date of birth (1985-08-13) 13 August 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth Pramso, Ghana[1]
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Charlotte Independence
Number 7
Youth career
1999–2000 Prempeh College
2001–2003 University of Ghana
2004–2005 VCU Rams
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005 Richmond Kickers Future 13 (16)
2006–2008 FC Dallas 70 (9)
2009 New York Red Bulls 3 (0)
2009–2011 Houston Dynamo 44 (6)
2011–2012 Chicago Fire 66 (18)
2013–2014 Columbus Crew 45 (13)
2014 Toronto FC 24 (2)
2015–2018 Montreal Impact 89 (15)
2018 San Jose Earthquakes 5 (0)
2019– Charlotte Independence 8 (3)
National team
2012 Ghana 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of Mat 5, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 September 2013

CareerEdit

CollegeEdit

Oduro started his playing career in Ghana, playing for both Prempeh College and the University of Ghana before transferring to Virginia Commonwealth University in 2004. He appeared in 41 matches for VCU, scoring 18 goals and earning five assists, and being honoured with the 2004 Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year award and a Third Team All-American spot. Oduro helped the Rams reach the quarterfinals of the 2004 NCAA Tournament, VCU's highest ever appearance. He also played for Richmond Kickers Future in the USL Premier Development League in 2005, scoring 16 goals in 13 games.

ProfessionalEdit

Oduro was selected in the second round (22nd overall) of the 2006 MLS SuperDraft by FC Dallas. He made his first team debut on 28 June 2006, as a substitute for Kenny Cooper and scored his first MLS goal on 8 July 2006 against New York Red Bulls. During his three-year stay in Dallas, Oduro impressed fans and coaches with his blazing speed and effort. He was primarily used as a second-half substitute, to provide a spark to the clubs attack, and ultimately appeared in 70 league matches for FC Dallas, with his most productive season coming in 2008 in which he netted 5 goals in 25 matches.

He was traded to New York Red Bulls on 12 January 2009, while Dave van den Bergh went in the other direction to FC Dallas.[2] In the deal, New York also acquired the #11 and #18 picks in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft while Dallas acquired the No. 14 pick.[3]

Less than five months later, New York traded Oduro to Houston Dynamo on 27 May 2009 for a first-round pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft and a second-round pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.[4] Oduro made his first start for the Houston Dynamo on 1 July 2009 against the USL-1 side Austin Aztex. The game was the third round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Houston won the match, played at Nelson Field in Austin, Texas, 2–0.

Oduro stayed with Houston through the 2009 and 2010 MLS seasons. After the 2010 season, he decided to make a move overseas but was unsuccessful in securing a contract and re-signed with Houston on 2 March 2011.[5] After missing a sitter in the opening game of the 2011 season, Oduro was traded to Chicago Fire in exchange for Calen Carr on 23 March 2011.[6] Oduro performed well with Chicago, scoring 12 goals during his first season with the team. For his outstanding play in 2011 he was awarded the Supporters Player of the Year award by Section 8 Chicago, the supporters section of the Chicago Fire.

Oduro was traded to Columbus Crew on 1 February 2013 in exchange for Dilly Duka.[7]

Oduro was traded to Toronto FC on 6 June 2014 for winger Alvaro Rey.[8]

He was traded to Montreal Impact on 27 January 2015 for allocation money.[9]

Oduro was traded to San Jose Earthquakes on 8 August 2018 for Quincy Amarikwa.[10]

On 15 February 2019, Oduro signed with Charlotte Independence of the USL Championship.[11]

International careerEdit

On 26 February 2012, Oduro was called up to the Ghana squad to face Chile.[12] Oduro made his Ghana debut against Chile on 29 February 2012 at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania.[13]

PersonalEdit

Oduro holds a U.S. green card which qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[14]

Career statisticsEdit

As of May 5, 2019[15][16]
Club Season League Playoffs Cup[a] Continental[b] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Richmond Kickers Future 2005 PDL 13 16 0 0 2 2 15 18
FC Dallas 2006 MLS 16 1 0 0 1 0 17 1
2007 MLS 29 3 2 0 2 0 33 3
2008 MLS 25 5 2 0 27 5
Dallas Total 70 9 2 0 5 0 0 0 77 9
New York Red Bulls 2009 MLS 3 0 2 0 5 0
Houston Dynamo 2009 MLS 16 1 3 0 0 0 5 0 24 1
2010 MLS 27 5 2 1 3 1 32 6
2011 MLS 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Dynamo Total 44 6 3 0 2 1 8 1 57 7
Chicago Fire 2011 MLS 33 12 4 2 37 14
2012 MLS 33 6 1 0 1 0 35 6
Fire Total 66 18 1 0 5 2 0 0 72 20
Columbus Crew 2013 MLS 34 13 1 0 35 13
2014 MLS 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Crew Total 45 12 0 0 1 0 0 0 46 13
Toronto FC 2014 MLS 24 2 0 0 24 2
Montreal Impact 2015 MLS 28 8 2 0 4 1 6 0 40 9
2016 MLS 31 6 5 2 2 0 38 8
2017 MLS 25 1 3 0 28 1
2018 MLS 5 0 0 0 5 0
Impact Total 89 15 7 2 9 1 6 0 109 18
San Jose Earthquakes 2018 MLS 5 0 0 0 5 0
Charlotte Independence 2019 USL Championship 8 3 0 0 0 0 8 3
Career total 367 82 13 2 26 6 14 1 420 91

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Appearances in US Open Cup and Canadian Championship
  2. ^ Appearances for 2010 in North American SuperLiga, others in CONCACAF Champions League

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.foxsports.com/soccer/dominic-oduro-player-stats
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 January 2009. Retrieved 13 January 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Red Bull New York Acquires Forward Dominic Oduro, 2009 MLS SuperDraft Selection". OurSports Central. 13 January 2009. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Red Bulls Aquire Pair of Draft Picks for Dominic Oduro". OurSports Central. 27 May 2009. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Dynamo re-sign Dominic Oduro". MLS. 2 March 2011. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  6. ^ Jose de Jesus Ortiz (23 March 2011). "Dynamo trade Dominic Oduro to Chicago Fire". Hearst Newspaper, LLC. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Duka Traded for Oduro". The Columbus Dispatch. 2 February 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Reds Acquire Dominic Oduro". MLS. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Impact acquires forward Dominic Oduro from Toronto FC". MLS. 27 January 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  10. ^ "NEWS: Earthquakes Acquire Forward Dominic Oduro in Trade with Montreal". San Jose Earthquakes. 8 August 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Speedy, Seasoned MLS Striker Signs with Independence". CharlotteIndependence.com. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  12. ^ "Black Stars squad named for Chile friendly". ghanafa.org. Ghana Football Association. 26 February 2012. Archived from the original on 25 November 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
  13. ^ "Chile 1 – 1 Ghana". soccernet.espn.go.com. ESPN. 29 February 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
  14. ^ Houston Dynamo Communications (2 March 2011). "Dynamo re-sign Dominic Oduro". Houston Dynamo. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  15. ^ "Dominic Oduro". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  16. ^ "D. Oduro". soccerway.com. Retrieved 5 May 2018.

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