C.J. Odenigwe

C.J. Odenigwe

Position: Defender

Birthdate: January 20, 1992

Status: Academy Protected Player

Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA, USA

High School: Fort Bend Travis, 2010

College: University of North Carolina

 
OUTLOOK: Skilled defender and Dynamo Academy veteran capable of playing multiple positions on the back line. College sophomore at University of North Carolina (2011-12).

2010 NORTH CAROLINA: Made seven substitute appearances as a freshman at North Carolina ... Played on team that reached NCAA College Cup along with Dynamo midfielder Alex Dixon.

2010 COPA CHIVAS: Part of Dynamo roster for prestigious Copa Chivas in Guadalajara, Mexico … One of just four players to appear in all five games … Had best tournament of any Houston player, moving up front at times and scoring goals vs. Japan on 1/24 and at Chivas Guadalajara on 1/25.

2009-10 USSF: Led the U-18s to the playoffs in their first season, playing in a team-high 28 of 29 games and making 25 starts at center back … Scored his only goal of the season in 2-1 loss vs. FC Dallas on 4/24 … Missed one game all season, which was due to suspension, and was one of only two players to play more than 2,000 minutes.

2009 EUROPE: Only player to compete in all 470 minutes of European tour, starting all six games at center back … Helped Dynamo back line hold Barcelona to one goal for the first time in more than a year in 1-0 loss on August 12 … Smashed header against crossbar against Villarreal on August 15, with Sebastien Ibeagha converting the rebound to tie the game … Also started against Rangers, Celtic, amateur club Benlloch, and Real Madrid.

2009 SUM U-17 CUP: Started all four games and missed only 30 minutes of tournament as Dynamo finished fifth in MLS youth championship … Helped Dynamo back line post shutout in tournament-opening 2-0 win against Kansas City on July 4 … Converted penalty kick in shootout win against Real Salt Lake on July 5.

OTHER ACADEMY: 2008: Scored dramatic late game-winner for U-18 team in 1-0 win over Atlas de Guadalajara on February 17 in Guadalajara, Mexico … Started all three games in group stage of SUM U-17 in Commerce City, Colorado ... Joined Dynamo Academy in its first month of existence on January 8, 2007.

PERSONAL: Given first name is Chibuzo.