It's been a big past couple of months for the Whitecaps FC Academy.
In December, a U-16 group travelled on tour to Spain, earning a memorable 1-0 win over their Real Madrid Academy counterparts. Last week, former Academy player Alphonso Davies saw his first game action for German Bundesliga side FC Bayern Munich. On Friday, the club appointed Canada Soccer Hall of Famer Nick Dasovic as head coach of the U-23 development squad.
And on Saturday, Whitecaps FC confirmed that goalkeeper Chituru Odunze, who is signed to the U-23 development squad, will begin a two-week trial at English Premier League club Leicester City FC, starting on Monday.
Odunze, 16, joined the Whitecaps FC Academy in January 2017 from Calgary, Alberta. The 6-foot-7 goalkeeper has made 25 starts in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy league for the ‘Caps over the past three seasons.
At the international level, Odunze – who holds Canadian, English, and United States citizenship – has become a regular with the U.S. U-17 national team. This past December he took part in the Nike International Friendlies, earning a clean sheet in a 1-0 victory against Turkey.
Prior to joining Whitecaps FC, Odunze previously played at Calgary Foothills FC, Calgary Blizzard, and Calgary Villains. Growing up in London, England, he spent three years in the academy of Chelsea FC, and later at Cardiff City FC and West Ham United.
For more information on the Whitecaps FC Academy, visit whitecapsfc.com/academy.