Steve Zakuani: From Africa To London To Seattle Sounders Stardom

A major reason why soccer has been called “the beautiful game” is its international dimension, the idea of bringing people together from various cultures and life experiences throughout the world.

Steve Zakuani’s story falls into that dimension, a young man with international roots who followed his dream and is now one of the quickest and most productive strikers in Major League Soccer.

The Seattle Sounders star was born in Kinshasa in what was then Zaire and is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

“We moved to London when I was 4,” Zakuani revealed following a Sounders training session. “It was 1992. London is so international and there are so many Africans there that I became friends with many of them, as did my family members. In fact, some of my first soccer games were with African friends in London.”

Perhaps Zakuani was destined by the stars to become a soccer player. The family, after a...

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