Amobi Okugo

Amobi Okugo is a first-generation Nigerian American.  The oldest of four siblings, he was born in Hayward, California, and raised in Sacramento, California.  He played professional soccer from 2010 to 2021 after being drafted as part of the Major League Soccer Generation Adidas Class following his freshman year at UCLA.  Amobi was one of America’s greatest soccer players, having played the World’s sport for 12 years at the professional level, with over 200 games under his belt.  He was originally drafted with the sixth pick in the first round of the 2010 MLS Super Draft by the Philadelphia Union after a standout All-American season at UCLA.  As part of Major League Soccer, Amobi played for the Union, the Orlando City Soccer Club, teams in Kansas City and Portland, and finally with the Austin Texas club of the USL (United Soccer League).

His awards include Parade Magazine’s First Team High School All-American team; the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Award in 2009; recognition as an All-American by the NCA; his team’s MVP in 2013; Team Defender of the Year in 2012, 2013, and 2014; and he was named part of the top 24 under age 24 by MLS.  Amobi was part of the Open Cup finals in 2014, the Open Cup Champion in 2015, the Western Conference winner in 2017, and part of Copa De Tejas in 2019.

He is that rare and wonderful athlete who also continued his greater education while pursuing his soccer career.  In fact, it’s the only reason his parents allowed him to go pro after his freshman year at UCLA.  Amobi graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Development with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Louisville.  He just recently completed his Master's In Sports Law from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University AND attended the UCLA MBA Riordan Fellowship Program.

Aside from soccer, his continued learning, and various entrepreneurial ventures, Amobi likes to fly his drone, host and moderate networking events and game nights, read, hang out with friends and family, critique tv shows/movies on a podcast he founded with his brother, all the while helping to grow his foundation, the OK U Go Foundation.  He has been recognized as part of the Class of 2021 of Forbes Magazine's “30 under 30.”  A Frugal Athlete is a popular and important website where Amobi and other professional athletes post blog articles and videos to help increase financial literacy and encourage prudent financial practices among their peers in professional sports as well as the general public at large.