2013 Major League Soccer features 41 African players

Nigel Reo-Coker of the Vancouver Whitecaps (Photograph by: Jon Super , Associated Press)Portland, Oregon – A total of 41 players of African descent will feature in the 2013 Major League Soccer (MLS), which will kick off this weekend.

Twenty of these players were born in Africa, while the remaining 21 call the USA (12), France (5), Canada (3) and the UK (1) as their birthplaces.

Ghana has the largest representation with 11 players, followed by Nigeria (7) and Gambia (5). Cameroon, Mali and Congo have 3 players each.

The Portland Timbers of the Western Conference leads the list with 5 players, followed by New England Revolution and Philadelphia Union of the Eastern Conference, with 4 each.

New York Bulls (East) and Chivas USA (West) are the only two teams without a player of African heritage.

Eastern Conference (22) 

Chicago Fire: (3)

Jalil Anibaba (USA/Nigeria) – Defender – 10-19-1988 – Davis, California

Patrick Nyarko (Ghana) – Forward – 01-15-1986 – Kumasi, Ghana

Quincy Amarikwa (USA/Ghana) – Forward – 10-29-1987- Bakersfield, California

 

Columbus Crew (2)

Dominic Oduro (Ghana) – Forward – 08-13-1985- Pramso, Ghana

Tony Tchani (USA/Cameroon) – Midfielder – 04-13-1989 – Norfolk, Virginia

 

D.C. United (1)

John Thorrington(South Africa) –Midfielder -10/17/1979 – Johannesburg, South Africa

 

Houston Dynamo (1)

Kofi Sarkodie (USA/Ghana) – Defender – 3/22/1991 – Huber Heights, Ohio

 

New England Revolution (4)

Kalifa Cisse (France/Mali) – Midfielder – 1/9/1984 – Dreux, France

Dimitry Imbongo (Congo) – Forward – 3/28/1990 – Kinshasa, Congo

Sainey Nyassi (Gambia)- Midfielder- 1/31/1989- Bwiam, Gambia

Saer Sene (France/Senegal) – Forward – 11/4/1986 – Paris, France

 

Montreal Impact (2)

Hassoun Camara (France/Senegal) –Defender – 2/3/1984 – Noisy-le-Sec, France

Sanna Nyassi (Gambia) – Forward – 1/31/1989 – Bwiam, Gambia

 

Philadelphia Union (4)

Freddy Adu (USA/Ghana) M/F – 6/2/1989 – Tema, Ghana

Michael Lahoud (Sierra Leone) – Defender – 9/15/1986 – Annadale, Virginia

Amobi Okugo (USA/Nigeria) – Defender – 3/13/1991- Sacramento, California

Bakary Soumare (Mali) – Defender – 11/9/1985    Bamako, Mali

 

Sporting Kansas City (4)

Lawrence Olum (Kenya) –Defender – 7/10/1984 – Nairobi, Kenya

Ikenna “Ike” Opara (USA/Nigeria)– Defender – 2/21/1989 – Durham, North Carolina

C.J. Sapong (USA/Ghana) – Forward – 12/27/1988 – Manassas, Virginia

Yann Songo’o (France/Cameroon) – Defender – 11/19/1991 – Yaounde, Cameroon

 

Toronto FC (1)

Gale Agbossoumonde (USA/Togo) – Defender – 11/17/1991 – Syracuse, New York

 

Western Conference (19)

 

Colorado Rapids (2)

Andre Akpan (USA/Nigeria) – Forward – 12/9/1987 – Grand Prarie, Texas

Charles Eloundou (Cameroon) Forward – 12/4/1994 -Yaounde, Cameroon

 

FC Dallas (1)

Ugo Ihemelu (Nigeria) – Defender – 4/3/1983 – Enugu, Nigeria

 

Los Angeles Galaxy (1)

Kofi Opare (Canada/Ghana) – Defender – 10/12/1990 – Niagra Falls, Canada

 

Portland Timbers (5)

Khalif Alhassan (Ghana) – Midfielder – 10/15/1990 – Accra, Ghana

Mamadou Danso (Gambia) – Defender – 4/27/1983 – Serrekunda, Gambia

Bright Dike (USA/Nigeria) – Forward – 2/2/1987 – Edmond, Oklahoma

Danny Mwanga (Congo)* – Forward – 7/17/1991 – Kinshasa, DR Congo*

Darlington Nagbe (Liberia) – Midfielder – 9/23/1988 – Monrovia, Liberia

* Danny Mwanga was traded to Colorado Rapids today (02/28/2013)

 

Real Salt Lake (2)

Kwame Watson-Siriboe (USA/Ghana) – Defender – 11/13/1986 – Chino Hills, California

Kenny Mansally (Gambia) – Midfielder – 1/27/1989 – Banjul, Gambia

 

San Jose Earthquakes (2)

Nana Attakora (Canada/Ghana)- Defender – 3/27/1989 – Orangeville, Canada

Mehdi Ballouchy (Morocco) – Midfielder – 4/4/1983 – Casablanca, Morocco

 

Seattle Sounders (3)

Babayele Sodade (Canada/Nigeria) – Forward – 7/26/1990 – Olney, Maryland

Djimi Traore (France/Mali) – Defender – 3/1/1980 – Saint-Ouen, France

Steve Zakuani (Congo) – Midfielder – 2/9/1988    Akron, Ohio

 

Vancouver Whitecaps FC (3)

Gershon Koffie (Ghana) – Midfielder – 8/25/1991 – Koforidua, Ghana

Kekuta Manneh (Gambia) – Forward – 12/30/1994 -Bakau, Gambia

Nigel Reo-Coker (UK/Sierra Leone) – Midfielder – 5/14/1984 -Southwark, England

 

Editor’s Note: We welcome your feedback. So, let us know if the list needs any correction or update. 

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