New FC Tulsa signing Abuchi Obinwa has competed in both the United States and Europe during his career, and represented the United States at the U-20 National Team level. | Photo courtesy Fort Lauderdale CF
TULSA, Okla. – FC Tulsa announced on Thursday the club had signed midfielder Abuchi Obinwa ahead of the 2022 USL Championship season, adding the former United States youth international to its ranks. The signing is pending league and federation approval.
Obinwa joins FC Tulsa having spent the past two seasons with USL League One club South Georgia Tormenta FC in which he was a consistent presence in the club’s starting lineup. Obinwa recorded 38 appearances and 32 starts for Tormenta FC across the past two seasons, posting a passing accuracy rate of 84.2 percent and recording 28 interceptions and 154 recoveries.
“Abuchi has spent most of his career in the midfield, but he has experience playing across the back line as well,” said FC Tulsa Head Coach Michael Nsien. “Abuchi has the technical ability and game understanding to add a lot to any team from a variety of positions and still has so much potential. I look forward to getting Abuchi into our environment.”
Abuchi was a top American soccer prospect as a teenager, spending time with Chicago Magic PSG, a Paris Saint-Germain FC affiliate club in the United States. He was named the 2013 U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s U15/16 Central Conference Player of the Year and spent time training abroad with both PSG and Real Madrid. He has made multiple appearances at several levels of the U.S. Youth National Teams, including appearing three times for the U-18 team in 2014 at the Lisbon International Tournament in Portugal and twice at the Stevan Vilotic-Cele Tournament in Serbia for the U-20 side in 2015.
At just 18 years old, Abuchi signed his first professional contract in Germany with Hannover 96's II squad after spending a season as an amateur playing for the club's U19 outfit. A year later, Abuchi returned to the U.S., signing an MLS contract with his hometown team, the Columbus Crew. While he made an unofficial appearance for the Crew in a friendly against Eintract Frankfurt, Abuchi spent much of 2017 on loan in the USL Championship with Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, where he made seven appearances.
Following his first professional season in the States, Abuchi again went abroad, playing two seasons in Portugal's third division with Lusitano FCV, before returning to the U.S. for the 2020 season with Tormenta FC.
“I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity to be back in the USL Championship and even more excited to be at this club,” said Abuchi. “I can’t wait to play in front of the fans and to help FC Tulsa in any way I can to bring us a championship.”