Nigerian American professional soccer player, Amobi Okugo, has had an incredible journey in the world of soccer ever since he was young. He was then drafted after his freshman year at UCLA into Major League Soccer as part of the 2010 Generation Adidas Class. He has amassed over 150 appearances in all competitions professionally and has been honored to represent the United States national team program at various youth levels including the 2012 Olympic squad.
While playing midfielder with the Portland Timbers, he began the process of launching A Frugal Athlete — an organization helping increase financial literacy and encourage prudent financial practices among professional athletes. After watching so many athletes go broke, Amobi decided that he needed to be a part of the solution of creating ways for athletes to use their resources wisely and plan effectively for the future.
In this conversation, Branden and Amobi unpack how his journey has unfolded as a professional athlete who is passionate about educating and guiding the next generation of athletes in living a life well-spent.
“Pro athletes are trendsetters with whatever we do. If athletes are promoting financial literacy, other people are going to follow suit.”
— Amobi Okugo