Geoffrey Acheampong

Geoffrey Edwin Acheampong (born January 28, 1997) is a Ghanaian professional footballer who currently plays for RoPS in the Finnish Ykkönen.

Geoffrey Acheampong
Personal information
Full name Geoffrey Edwin Acheampong
Date of birth (1997-01-28) January 28, 1997 (age 25)
Place of birth Sunyani, Ghana
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
RoPS
Number 33
Youth career
Cate School
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos 22 (3)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2017 Bastia 2 (0)
2016–2017Bastia II (loan) 11 (1)
2017 Veracruz 0 (0)
2018–2019 LA Galaxy II 36 (5)
2020 AC Kajaani 17 (7)
2021 Elmina Sharks 15 (0)
2021– RoPS 14 (3)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 16:26, 15 December 2021 (UTC)

Early life and educationEdit

Acheampong was born in Sunyani, Ghana, on January 28, 1997, to Alice and Henry Acheampong.[1][2] He was a part of the Right to Dream Academy and would ultimately move to the United States.[3] He played high school soccer at Cate School in Carpinteria, California, and made worldwide headlines with a goal scored from a distance of 60 yards.[4][5]

A highly touted prep, Acheampong was rated as the 24th best collegiate soccer prospect in the class of 2015.[6] He continued his soccer career and announced his intention to enroll at the University of California, Santa Barbara.[7][8] In his only year with the Gauchos, Acheampong made 22 appearances and scored 3 goals.[9] Playing alongside Nick DePuy, the 10 assists he recorded were the highest on the team.[9] The Big West Conference announced Acheampong as the 2015 Freshman of the Year.[10] Despite having played only one year, he was already being highly considered as a top Major League Soccer prospect.[11] He left school after his first season with the Gauchos to pursue a professional soccer career.

Professional careerEdit

In June 2016, it was announced that Acheampong had signed with SC Bastia of Ligue 1.[12][13] On September 18, 2016, Acheampong made his professional debut upon entering as a substitute for Allan Saint-Maximin in a match against AS Saint-Étienne.[14][15]

Acheampong signed with Veracruz for the 2017–18 Liga MX season.[16][17]

On March 1, 2018, it was announced that Acheampong had signed with LA Galaxy II.[18]

In June 2020, Acheampong moved to Finnish Ykkönen side AC Kajaani.[19] He made his debut for Kajaani on 27 June 2020 against FF Jaro, where he scored both goals in a 2–2 draw.[20]

In March 2021, Acheampong signed with Ghana Premier League side Elmina Sharks as a free agent.

In July 2021, Acheampong returned to Finland for Veikkausliiga club Rovaniemen Palloseura.[21][22]

Awards and honorsEdit

Individual

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Geoffrey Acheampong Player Profile – ESPN FC". ESPN FC. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  2. ^ "Geoffrey Acheampong – UC Santa Barbara". UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  3. ^ Bouillon, Sophie (July 15, 2016). "Football and education are the goals at Ghana's Right to Dream Academy". www.AWorldAtSchool.org. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  4. ^ Corless, Liam (February 12, 2015). "Watch spectacular goal as US high school student scores from his own half". Daily Mirror. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  5. ^ Foss, Mike (February 13, 2015). "High school soccer player scores insane goal from midfield". USA Today. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  6. ^ "Class of 2015 (High School Seniors)". www.CollegeSoccerNews.com. February 22, 2015. Archived from the original on July 7, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  7. ^ "Top 25 Rankings, Youth National Team Players Highlight Signing Day". UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. February 4, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  8. ^ Eskilson, J.R. (June 16, 2014). "Boys Commitments: UCSB lands local HS star". TopDrawerSoccer.com. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  9. ^ a b "2015 UC Santa Barbara Season Box Score". UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  10. ^ a b "Big West Unveils 2015 Men's Soccer All-Conference Team" (PDF). Big West Conference. November 3, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  11. ^ Kennedy, Paul (November 19, 2015). "Top MLS prospects to watch in NCAA Men's Tournament". Soccer America. Oakland, California. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  12. ^ Darkwah, Frank (June 30, 2016). "Ghana youngster Geoffrey Acheampong signs for French side FC Bastia". GhanaSportsOnline.com. Archived from the original on September 23, 2016. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  13. ^ Dove, Ed (June 30, 2016). "Boateng, de Jong celebrate Acheampong contract". Goal.com. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  14. ^ "St Etienne 1 FT 0 Bastia". ESPN FC. September 18, 2016. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  15. ^ "Saint-Étienne veut se lancer Bastia souhaite confirmer". La Nouvelle République du Centre-Ouest (in French). Tours. September 18, 2016. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  16. ^ Morales, Jesús (September 7, 2017). "¡El africano Geoffrey Acheampong llegaría al Tiburón!". www.xeudeportes.com.mx (in Spanish). Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  17. ^ "Registra Veracruz al ghanés Acheampong". www.mediotiempo.com (in Spanish). October 6, 2017. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  18. ^ "LA Galaxy II sign midfielder Geoffrey Acheampong". LAGalaxy.com. LA Galaxy Communications. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  19. ^ https://ackajaani.fi/uutiset/
  20. ^ "Kajaani vs. Jaro - 27 June 2020 - Soccerway".
  21. ^ "Ghanalainen Geoffrey Acheampong siirtyy Rovaniemen Palloseuraan – "Hän tietää mihin on tulossa"". Lapin Kansa (in Finnish). Lapland. 15 July 2021. Retrieved 22 July 2021.
  22. ^ Pikkupeura, Pasi (15 July 2021). "Keskikenttäpelaaja Geoffrey Acheampong siirtyy Rovaniemen Palloseuraan". Rovaniemen Palloseura (in Finnish). Retrieved 22 July 2021.

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