Amobi Okugo Signs With Major League Soccer

Jan. 4, 2010

Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Amobi Okugo has signed with Major League Soccer as part of its Generation adidas program and will not return to UCLA next season. Okugo will join Bruin seniors David Estrada, Kyle Nakazawa, Brian Perk and Michael Stephens at the adidas MLS Player Combine on Jan. 8-12 at Central Broward Regional Park in Ft. Lauderdale, FL before the Jan. 14 MLS SuperDraft.

Okugo started in all 20 games for UCLA in 2009, totaling 1744 minutes, third-most on the squad, and two assists. A defensive midfielder, he helped the Bruins record six shutouts and a team goals against average of 0.86. Okugo earned Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors and was a consensus All-Freshman selection nationally.

'We are very happy for Amobi,' said UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo. 'Becoming a professional soccer was a lifelong dream of his, and we congratulate him on the honor. He had a very successful freshman year, and his contributions to this team will be missed.'

Players who join MLS as part of the Generation adidas program receive unprecedented opportunities to develop their game and hone their skills at the professional level in Major League Soccer. In addition to training and playing with one of Major League Soccer's 16 professional clubs, Generation adidas players receive educational grants to further their college education. Generation adidas players do not count against an MLS team's salary budget.

In addition to Okugo, MLS also signed Perk in advance of the SuperDraft.

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