Utica, N.Y. – Utica City FC General Manager Tommy Tanner announced today that the club has signed defender Onua Obasi. Per team and league policies, the terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Obasi, 31, most recently appeared for Ottawa Fury FC in the USL, scoring two goals in 95 career matches.

“I consider Onua to be a premier player in our league. He has the ability to defend but can also get forward in the attack,” said General Manager Tommy Tanner. “I think he fits in perfectly with our team philosophy and after speaking with him he has the same values and vision as we do. When we had the opportunity to sign Onua there was not a second thought. He will be a big part in helping to bring a Championship to Utica. We are very excited to have him join the Utica City Family,” Tanner added.

The Birmingham, England native is no stranger to the MASL. Obasi played for the Baltimore Blast from 2014-2016, recording 31 points (18-13-31) in 37 career games with Baltimore. He was named to the MASL’s All-Rookie team in the 2014-15 season and earned MASL Honorable Mention in 2015-16.

Obasi signed his first professional deal with the Rochester Rhinos of the USL in January 2014. He appeared in 24 matches with Rochester that season, scoring one goal. In the 2015 season, he played 20 games and had 4 assists. He started all 3 playoff games including the 2-1 victory in the USL Championship against Los Angeles Galaxy II. After the 2015 season, Obasi trialed with the Philadelphia Union in Major League Soccer.

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