The Atlanta Silverbacks have signed former Canadian national team forward STEPHEN ADEMOLU, pending USSF and ITC approval, the club announced Monday.
Ademolu, 29, comes to the Silverbacks from the Windsor Stars of the Canadian Soccer League. Prior to his brief stint with the Stars, he plied his trade in Europe with four different clubs in Sweden, Norway, and Lithuania from 2004-2011. He has been capped five times for the Canadian National Team.
“Stephen has been playing at a high level his entire career, both for European clubs and his national team,” said Silverbacks Head Coach Alex Pineda Chacón. “We’re excited to have him here, and we think his speed and finishing abilities will be a great asset to our front line.”
A native of Windsor, Canada, Ademolu is no stranger to the United States. During his collegiate career, he played one season with University of North Carolina-Pembroke and two seasons with Cleveland State University; in his junior year at Cleveland State, he led the Horizon League with 12 goals.
In 2004, Ademolu moved to Trelleborgs FF of the Swedish second division. He scored 11 times in 30 appearances for the club, then earned a contract with Norwegian giants Tromsø IL. From 2005-2007, Ademolu scored seven goals in 42 appearances, helping his team reach the group stage of the UEFA Cup.
Ademolu moved on from Tromsø IL in 2008, signing with another Norwegian club, Løv-Ham. After scoring 12 goals in 23 games, the 5-foot-10 striker earned a contract with Lithuanian champions FK Ekranas. He scored 13 goals in 48 games for FK Ekranas and played in the world’s most prestigious club tournament, the UEFA Champions League. Three seasons later, he returned to his hometown of Windsor to play for the Stars.
Ademolu, whose brother, OJ Atogwe, plays safety for the Washington Redskins of the NFL, has represented Canada at the senior level five times. He is the Silverbacks’ fourth offseason signing, joining forward Reinaldo Navia and defenders Martyn Lancaster and Rilla.