Olympic Silver Medalist Returns To MLS


Emmanuel Ekpo became the active MLS player to advance the furthest in a major international competition in this Summer’s Beijing Games playing in every match of Nigeria’s run to the finals. Ekpo has now returned to the Crew and is ready to refocus on helping his club win the Supporters Shield and MLS Cup.

Ekpo returned with the team to Nigeria for a heroes wlecome before jetting back to Columbus early this week. “It was a big deal. We were supposed to meet with the president of the country but when we got home he had already left for Mecca so we met with other dignitaries like the governor of the state and top members, the ministers,” Ekpo said.

Columbus Manager Sigi Schmid stated ” “We’re happy he’s back. We’re proud of what he accomplished in China. He’s a player that’s going to help us down the road.” The Crew currently atop the MLS table play New England in perhaps the biggest match of the MLS season to date this Saturday. The Crew will be without Frankie Hejduk on duty with the US National Team, while New England is facing an injury crisis.

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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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2 Responses to Olympic Silver Medalist Returns To MLS

  1. Joe says:

    Great accomplishments for a very lively young player!

  2. FC USA says:

    It was tough to be eliminated by Nigeria but I was happy for Ekpo as he is like a home grown player in a way.

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