Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
RISING STAR: Wake Forest's Ike Opara
by Bryan Alvarez, October 21st, 2008 1:15PM
Subscribe to College Soccer Reporter

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

SOCCER AMERICA profiles Ike Opara, one of the nation's top sophomores. Opara started on Wake Forest's 2007 national championship team and is considered one of the top pro prospects among college soccer's underclassmen. He is also a member of the U.S. under-20 national team.

POSITION: Defender
AGE: 19
COLLEGE: Wake Forest
CLASS:Sophomore
HOMETOWN:Durham, N.C.
HIGH SCHOOL: Jordan High School
YOUTH CLUB:Triangle FC Navy 88
INTERNATIONAL: U-20s (USA)
STARTING OUT: My dad was my youth coach. My family is from Nigeria. That's how I got started and I'm still playing.
EARLY SOCCER MEMORY: I remember finally winning a club tournament with the U-13s. My Dad retired from coaching after that. He wanted go out on top. We still laugh about that.
FIRST CLEATS: I've had all types and all styles. I remember my first pair of Nike Total 90 Lasers. I've had every version since then.
CURRENT CLEATS:Nike Total 90 Lasers.
OTHER SPORTS: Up until junior and senior year, it was soccer and basketball.
FAVORITE TEAMS:Manchester United, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers and the Carolina Panthers.
FAVORITE PLAYER:Andre Iguodala from the 76ers, Kobe Bryant from the L.A. Lakers and Nemanja Vidic from Man U.
FAVORITE MOVIES:Any Denzel Washington movie.
FAVORITE ACTOR:Denzel Washington.
FAVORITE ACTRESS: Angelina Jolie.
FAVORITE TV SHOW:Entourage.
COLLEGE EXPERIENCE: It's been good. I've got no complaints. The soccer and academics have been great. It's one of the best schools in the country.
MOST INFLUENTIAL COACH:My club coaches, Marlow Campbell and Dewan Bader.
MEMORABLE COACHING ADVICE (from youth coach):No matter where you play, the game is always the same.
HOBBIES:Basketball, sleeping and video games. I like playing NCAA Football and Winning XI.
MUSIC: Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco and NAS.
READING:"Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" by Mildred D. Taylor is my favorite book. I'm not a big reader now.
VACATION: I've always wanted to see Spain. I want to go to Madrid and Barcelona. I'd like to catch a game between Barcelona and Madrid, too!
FAMOUS PEOPLE YOU'D INVITE TO DINNER: Michael Jordan, David Beckham and Eva Mendes.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent College Soccer Reporter
USL: Brandt leaves Navy for struggling Riverhounds    
Dave Brandt, the winningest active coach in Division I men's soccer, quit his job as Navy's ...
Jordan Morris carries Stanford to first men's title    
In what could be his farewell game, Jordan Morris showed why he is the first collegian ...
Finalists named for MAC Hermann Trophy awards    
The finalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy awards are Georgetown forward Brandon Allen, Creighton forward Fabian ...
NSCAA names NCAA Division I Men's All-America Teams    
NCAA Division I runner-up Clemson led all teams with four players on the NCAA Division I ...
Six collegians in Canada team at Natal tournament    
West Virginia All-Americans Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence and Rebecca Quinn, who helped Duke reach the ...
Stanford-Akron: More than Morris on show    
Stanford, led by heralded U.S. international Jordan Morris, faces Akron, winner of the 2010 NCAA title ...
Clemson-Syracuse: ACC rivals face off in rubber match    
No. 2 seed Clemson and No. 6 Syracuse square off in a battle of ACC teams ...
Pfeiffer and Grand Valley State crowned champions    
Pfeiffer claimed its first NCAA Division II men's title and also the first title in 29 ...
Scoreboard: Small College Tournaments    
Six champions will be crowned on Saturday: NCAA Division II Men (Pfeiffer-Cal Poly Pomona), NCAA Division ...
Clemson survives shootout to reach Men's College Cup    
No. 2 seed Clemson beat Maryland, 3-1, in a shootout after their game ended 1-1 to ...
>> College Soccer Reporter Archives