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RYAN ADELEYE
Israel Hapoel Ashkelon (Liga Leumit)
#28 | Defender
Birth Date
Birth Place
Height/Weight
US Caps/Goals
April 28, 1987 (Age: 26)
Elizabeth, New Jersey
6' 1", 169 lbs (1.85 m, 77 kg)
0/0
GP
21
S
21
M
1,750
G
2
A
0
YC
8
RC
0
OG
0
Club Career

Adeleye grew up in the US soccer hotbed of New Jersey. He ventured south to play college soccer at Davidson, but after two seasons transferred to ACC power North Carolina, where he contributed to the squad that fell to Maryland in the 2008 NCAA Championship match.

Adeleye wasn't drafted in 2009, so he joined his local PDL club, the Newark Ironbound Express. He only appeared in a handful of matches before being whisked away to Israel with the US team for the 2009 Maccabiah Games. While overseas, the US team played a friendly against Hapoel Be'er Sheva. A good performance from Adeleye led to a trial and the trial led to his first professional contract.

Adeleye made his league debut in December 2009. During his first year with the club, he received Israeli citizenship, which means that he no longer counts against the foreign player quota in the Israeli Premier League. After serving primarily as a backup player, Adeleye found his way into Hapoel Be'er Sheva's starting lineup at the end of the 2010/11 season.

Adeleye moved to Hapoel Ashkelon in January 2013

International Career

Adeleye holds American and Israeli citizenship and has said that he'd prefer to represent the US, but is open to Israel as well. Thus far, the decision is purely hypothetical as Adeleye has never been called in by either country.

A big question for U.S. fans heading into the World Cup is surely on Jozy Altidore and just what is plaguing the young striker at Sunderland.
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