A promising left fullback with playing experience in the United Kingdom and Canada, British-born Sam Adekugbe joined Whitecaps FC Residency in Sept. 2011 from Calgary Foothills Soccer Club. He became the first homegrown defender to be signed to a MLS contract by the club on August 28, 2012; on the same day he received a callup from the Canadian senior national team to a 10-day training camp in Valencia, Spain.
UNITED STATES SOCCER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY
2012-13: Adekugbe started 32 of 35 regular season games for Whitecaps FC U-18 Residency, registering two goals. 2011-12: Adekugbe started 23 of 25 regular season games for Whitecaps FC U-16 Residency, scoring one goal on the season in a 5-0 win over California Development Academy on September 24, 2011. Late in the season, Adekugbe joined Whitecaps FC U-18 Residency for the 2011-12 Academy Finals Week in Houston, Texas.
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2013: Adekugbe made six appearances in reserve league play in 2013, playing the full ninety minutes in every match he took part in. In the Blue and White’s 4-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC Reserves on July 7, the left back scored a superb goal to put the game out of reach. 2012: As a 17-year-old, Adekugbe made his MLS Reserve League debut for Whitecaps FC reserves, as they drew 1-1 at home to Seattle Sounders FC reserves on Mar. 26. The defender played the second half of the season opener at Thunderbird Stadium on the campus of the University of British Columbia after replacing Jordan Harvey at halftime.
Senior: The homegrown left back was called up by head coach Benito Floro to a 10-day training camp from September 1 to September 10; the red and white played two friendlies versus Mauritania during that span. U-18: Adekugbe was called up to a week-long training camp with the Canadian U-18 team in November 2012, and and then again in October 2013 for an October 8 to October 14 camp in Guatemala.
Before moving to his current hometown of Calgary, Alberta, the defender played youth soccer in Manchester, England, with AFC Clayton (2000 to 2004) before immigrating to Canada and his current hometown of Calgary, Alberta, with his family in 2004. From 2004 to 2009, Adekugbe played for Calgary Foothills Saints before spending two years with Calgary Foothills Rapids (2009 to 2011). During his time at Calgary Foothills, the defender won three Calgary Minor Soccer Association tier-one championship titles and two Alberta provincial indoor titles. He also represented his home province of Alberta at the U-13 and U-16 levels.
Hailing from Manchester, England, Adekugbe immigrated to Canada and his current hometown of Calgary, Alberta, at a young age. The defender's parents are Dee and Ben Adekugbe, while his younger brother Elijah was a member of Whitecaps FC Residency. He also has three sisters named Abigail, Debbie, and Ruth. He first attended Nicholas Varley Community School in Manchester, England (1999 to 2004) before attending Calgary's Midnapore School (2004 to 2006). He then attended Sir Winston Churchill High School (2009-10) and Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School (2010-11) in Calgary, Alberta. He currently attends Burnaby Central Secondary School in the 12th grade.
When not playing soccer, the 5-foot-9 defender enjoys hanging out with his friends and going out for dinner. His favourite team is English Premier League giants Manchester City FC, while he is also a fan of Chelsea FC and England left fullback Ashley Cole. He would one day like to play at Wembley Stadium in London, England. The defender's favourite food is spaghetti bolognese.