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Josh Samuels
Josh  Samuels

Hometown:
Villa Park, CA

Last College:
UCLA 2013

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 205

Position:
Attacker

Birthdate:
07/08/1991

Club:
NY Athletic Club


08/14/2016

USA Men Close Out Competition At 2016 Olympic Games With 10-7 Win Over Italy

Obert, Samuels, Azevedo, and Bonanni all score two goals in the victory

08/12/2016

USA Men Fall Short Against Montenegro 8-5 In Fourth Match At 2016 Olympic Games; Will Not Advance To Quarterfinals

Team USA to meet Italy on Sunday in final game of competition

08/10/2016

USA Men Earn First Win At 2016 Olympic Games Defeating France 6-3

Josh Samuels scores three goals in the victory

07/30/2016

USA Men Edge Montenegro 10-9 In Houston In Final Match Before 2016 Olympic Games

Azevedo game winner with 1:24 remaining in the fourth quarters lifts the United States to a win

07/29/2016

USA Men Take On Montenegro In Houston In Final Tune-Up Before 2016 Olympic Games

Live streaming and live stats available, match begins at 4:30pm ct/2:30pm pt

05/19/2016

Inside Water ft. Josh Samuels

This week on #InsideWater, Josh Samuels explains how he got started in water polo, reveals his favorite hobby besides water polo and what going to the Olympics would mean to him. #BeVictoRIOus #RoadtoRio

INTERNATIONAL/CLUB
Posted seven goals in 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil...Added six goals in 2016 FINA World League Super Final...Dropped 11 goals in 2016 FINA Intercontinental Tournament...Tallied five goals in 2015 FINA World Championships...Recorded 12 goals in Team USA's Gold-medal finish at 2015 Pan American Games...Scored 11 goals at 2015 FINA Intercontinental Tournament in third-place finish...Added three goals in helping Team USA to fourth-place finish at 2014 FINA World Cup...Second on team with 11 goals in fifth-place finish at 2014 FINA World League Super Final...Scored eight goals on way to Gold at 2014 FINA Intercontinental Tournament...Helped Team USA to first-place finish at FINA World Cup qualifier in 2013, scoring three goals...Competed for club team Budva in Montenegro in 2013-2014.

PROFESSIONAL
Most recently competed in the Italian league for Lazio.

COLLEGE
Competed collegiately at UCLA, scoring over 100 goals.

HIGH SCHOOL
Four-year varsity water polo and varsity swimming letter winner under head coach John Carcich at Villa Park HS...Also was a two-year varsity basketball letter winner under head coach Kevin Reynolds... Named 2009 Orange County Register Male Athlete of the Year and the 2009 Century League Male Athlete of the Year...Earned 2008 Orange County Register Boys Water Polo Player of the Year...Gained first team All-County honors (Orange County Register) in 2006, 2007 and 2008...Secured first-team California-Hawaii All-American and NISCA All- American honors in 2006, 2007 and 2008...All-CIF Division II all four seasons (first-team in 2007 and 2008; co-MVP in 2008)...Helped lead Villa Park to the 2007 CIF Division II title...Guided Villa Park to four Century League titles...Four-time All- Century League selection...Century League Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008...Two-year team captain and four- year scholar-athlete selection...Concluded career as Villa Park's all-time leading scorer--408 career goals (scored 140 in 2008; 138 in 2007; 78 in 2006; 51 in 2005)...Established the school record for career assists with 541 (61 in 1008; 65 in 2007; 53 in 2006; 29 in 2005)...Ex- celled on swimming team, earning Century League MVP honors in 2008 and 2009...Two-year swimming team captain, helping lead Villa Park to four Century League titles... 2009 CIF Division II 50 freestyle champion...Finished third in the 100 freestyle in 2009...Earned second team All-Orange County Register honors in 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle in 2009...Earned NISCA All-America honors in 50-meter and 100- meter freestyle in 2009...Established school record in 50-meter freestyle (20.71 seconds).

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, T9TH PLACE
  • 2016 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, HUIZHOU, CHINA, 2ND PLACE
  • 2016 FINA INTERCONTINENTAL TOURNAMENT, YOKOHAMA, JAPAN, 1ST PLACE
  • 2015 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, KAZAN, RUSSIA, 7TH PLACE
  • 2015 PAN AMERICAN GAMES, TORONTO, CANADA, 1ST PLACE
  • 2015 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, BERGAMO, ITALY 4TH PLACE
  • 2015 FINA INTERCONTINENTAL TOURNAMENT, CORONA DEL MAR, CA, US, 3RD PLACE
  • 2014 FINA WORLD CUP, ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN, 4TH PLACE
  • 2014 FINA WORLD LEAGUE SUPER FINAL, DUBAI, UAE, 5TH PLACE
  • 2014 FINA INTERCONTINENTAL TOURNAMENT, SHANGHAI, CHINA, 1ST PLACE
  • 2013 FINA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS, SANTA ANA, CA, 1ST PLACE

FUN FACTS
Pregame Ritual: Nothing Special. Just a Solid Warm Up and Proper Mental Preparation
Favorite Quote: "Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail." JRW
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate or Mint Chocolate Chip
Favorite Chain Restaurant: IN-N-Out
If You Had to Make an iPod Playlist Named After Yourself, What Would It Be?: Living The Dream
And What Would Be The First Song? "Left Hand Free" Alt-J
Where Do You See Yourself 10 years From Now?: Giving Back to the Sport That Has Given Me So Much.
If You Couldn't Play Water Polo, What Sport Would You Play?: Basketball or Hockey
Role Model: My Brother, Albert
Athletic Inspiration: Kobe Bryant
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