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First Professional Athlete in Major League Soccer with Multiple Sclerosis & Motivational Speaker

Demitrius Omphroy is an American-born Filipino international footballer. Omphroy played with Sporting Clube de Portugal Academy Juniores at age 17. He returned to the U.S. and played four years of college soccer for the University of California, Berkeley. During his college career, he also played for the San Francisco Seals in the USL Premier Development League, and for National Premier Soccer League club Bay Area Ambassadors.

Omphroy was selected by Toronto FC in the second round (26th overall) of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. He was officially signed by Toronto FC on March 16, 2011. Omphroy made his debut for Toronto June 29 as a second half sub for Joao Plata in a 1–0 home victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Originally a right back, Omphroy was moved to the forward position after a few games with Toronto FC.

Omphroy represented the United States at under-18 level. In June 2010 Omphroy was selected by Julio Dely Valdés to play for the Panama under-21 national team in qualifiers for the Central American Games.

In August 2012 he was called up to the Philippines, and was featured in a friendly match with USL PDL club Chicago Inferno, which ended in a 1–3 loss. He made his first official appearance coming off the bench in a 1–0 win to Guam at the 2012 Philippine Peace Cup.

He has multiple sclerosis, which was first discovered having as a result of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan in February 2010. He had initially experienced vision problems and numbness in his foot while with Sporting Clube de Portugal Academy Juniores. The symptoms, which later included neck pain, precluded him from signing his first professional contract with Sporting and forced him to return to the United States for medical attention.

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