HT: 5' 11" WT: 170
Age: 20 (7/3/1997)
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
2017: 21 GP, 5 GS, 0 G, 1 A in 533 min.
Yosef Samuel continued to grow in his first professional season with Bethlehem Steel FC. Samuel made 20 appearances, starting five matches, for a total of 533 minutes with an assist. Samuel made his 2017 debut as a substitute against Orlando City B on April 23 and appeared at FC Cincinnati on April 29. He earned his first professional start against Charleston on May 25. He followed up the start with his first career assist against Harrisburg on May 28, coming on as a second-half sub and connecting on the game-winning goal. He played a career-high 64 minutes in a start at Saint Loius FC on June 11. After making three substitute appearances, Samuel returned to the starting XI against Pittsburgh on July 15. After a substitution appearance at Ottawa Fury FC on August 5, Samuel started on the right wing at Charlotte on August 16. Overall, Samuel appeared in 12 of the final 14 Steel FC matches including a substitute appearance in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal at Louisville City FC.
2016: 1 GP, 0 GS, 0 G, 0 A in 29 min.
Yosef Samuel signed his first professional contract with Steel FC after graduating from Philadelphia Union Academy. Samuel made his club debut on Sept. 25 against Orlando City B, coming off the bench and playing for 29 minutes.
2014-16: Samuel spent two seasons with the Philadelphia Union Academy U18 club after moving from Atlanta in 2014. Samuel scored 10 goals in 37 total appearances for the U18 squad and made 26 starts.
2016-17: Samuel has earned callups with the United States Men’s Nation Team U20 squad, most recently in April 2017 where Samuel trained with the team in London, England.
Off the field interests:
Hobbies outside of soccer: Dancing and photography
Favorite places to travel: Ethiopia and Europe
Profession if not playing soccer: Stand up comedian
Most memorable soccer memory: Playing street soccer as a child in Ethiopia.
Favorite soccer player: Eden Hazard and Lionel Messi
Three unique facts/stories
1)The youngest of eight children.
2) Was born in Ethiopia and came to the United States in 2007.
3) Mother is author Melissa Fay Greene.