USA to Face Panama on Nov. 16 in Austria in Second Match of European Trip; Several European-Based Players to Appear for First Time Since November ’19
First call up from us for this months Internationals
Chituru Odunze, youth team goalkeeper called up by the US for their European based players squad for their friendlies
PLAYER BIO - CHITURU ODUNZE
National Team: With an imposing 6-8 frame, he will provide the USA with a quality option between the sticks at the World Cup … Played for the USA at September’s 4 Nations Tournament in the Netherlands … Helped the USA qualify for a record 17th FIFA U-17 World Cup at the 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship, starting two matches … Recorded a shutout vs. Barbados … Brings a 0.67 goals against average this year into the World Cup … Kept a clean sheet vs. Turkey at the 2018 Nike International Friendlies … Represented the U.S. at October 2018’s U17 International Youth Tournament in England … Made his international debut vs. Costa Rica in August 2018 … Earned his first Youth National Team call-up with the U-17 MNT at a June 2018 domestic training camp in Bradenton, Fla. … Also eligible to represent Canada, England and Nigeria at the international level.
Professional: Transferred to Leicester City on Aug. 1, 2019 … Announced as a Homegrown Player by Vancouver Whitecaps FC on that same day.
Youth: Has made four appearances with Leicester City U-18 this season … Played with the Vancouver Whitecaps in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy from U-15 to U-17 … Earned Goalkeeper of the Tournament honors at this year’s GA Cup … Spent U-14-15 at Calgary Foothills FC, U-14 at Calgary Blizzards SC and U-13 at Calgary Villains FC … Played U-9 to U-12 with Chelsea in England … Kicked off his youth soccer career with Royal Greenwich JFC from U-8 to U-9, Thames Moorings JFC at U-7 and Kingfishers JFC at U-6 … Started playing soccer at age five.
Personal: Full name is Chituru Ethan Odunze … Nicknamed C or Big C … Mom and dad own a chain of medical clinics in Calgary … Mom is a family physician and dad is a retired chemist and university lecturer … Older brother Eddie and older sister Adanna are studying to become doctors … Enjoys playing basketball, listening to and making music … Describes himself on the field as “versatile, calm, powerful” … Describes himself off the field as “charismatic, loud, sociable” … Favorite soccer player is Edwin Van Der Sar … Lists his dad as his biggest athletic inspiration … Greatest soccer moment thus far was signing his first pro contract for Leicester City … Favorite movies are the Rush Hour trilogy, favorite TV show is The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air … Loves playing FIFA … Favorite musical artist is Michael Jackson … Loves eating his mom’s homemade jollof rice.