July 31, 2012
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
3 years after he was drafted Ogunbiyi signs with Red Bulls
Three years after he was drafted by the Red Bulls, defender Babajide Ogunbiyi signed with the Major League Soccer club on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old was drafted by the Red Bulls in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft in the second round (18th overall), but did not agree to a contract with the club.
As per Major League and club regulations, specific terms of the deal were not disclosed. Ogunbiyi is available for selection for tonight's exhibition match against Tottenham Hotspur in the 2012 Barclays New York Cup Powered by Under Armour on Tuesday at 7 o'clock at Red Bull Arena.
“Babajide is a defender with a lot of potential and we believe he can provide depth to our back line,” Red Bulls general manager and sporting director Erik Soler said in a statement. “We are excited to bring him to New York and track his progress for the remainder of the season.”
Ogunbiyi has been with Danish First Division side, Viborg FF, since 2010. During his time there, Ogunbiyi made 53 appearances while scoring six goals.
Ogunbiyi attended Santa Clara University. A 6-4, 212-pound defender, who also had featured at forward in his college career, Ogunbiyi played 77 games over four seasons for the Broncos, earning 2008 All-WCC First Team and NSCAA All-Far West Third Team honors in his senior season. Ogunbiyi helped lead Santa Clara to back-to-back West Coast Conference titles and three consecutive NCAA Division I Tournament appearances. During his time at Santa Clara, the Gwynedd, Pa. native collected 11 goals and eight assists.
In 2008, Ogunbiyi spent the summer training with the Nigerian National Team and was part of the Olympic Team Pool. Ogunbiyi was called up in November 2007 to the Nigerian Under-23 National Team but did not play. A member of the Nigerian Youth National Team Program, Ogunbiyi was born in Rochester, N.Y. and attended Wissahickon High School in Ambler, Pa.