Ghana’s Harrison Afful and Dominic Oduro clash in MLS topliner
The Major League Soccer (MLS) enters week 10 with so many juicy pairings and as usual, there will be more Ghanaian interests this weekend.

Saturday’s encounter involving Columbus Crew and Montreal Impact presents a perfect opportunity for Ghanaian soccer fans to devote a little time for the MLS as defender Harrison Afful and his defense partners seek to stop the marauding attack of the Impacts led by Dominic Oduro and African legend Didier Drogba.

The teams are meeting for the second time this season after the Crew succumbed to the Impact by 2-0 on April 9.

Apart from that, Columbus Crew were the team that eliminated Montreal Impact from the 2015 MLS Cup in the Eastern Conference semifinal series. The Impact won the first leg 2-1 at Saputo Stadium but Crew SC advanced following a 3-1 win in extra time in the second leg in Columbus.

While Impact coach Mauro Biello believes Oduro’s pace is a great asset for his team, compatriot Afful has remained consistent since he moved to Columbus and the two Ghanaians will surely have a part to play come Saturday.

A huge Ghanaian midfield battle is also anticipated on Sunday when Emmanuel Boateng’s LA Galaxy play host to Gershon Koffie’s New England Revolution.

Gershon’s move to New England has been extremely beneficial as he remains a constant figure in their midfield.

However, young Emmanuel Boateng has been sensational for LA ever since coach Bruce Arena reposed confidence in him. The young Ghanaian midfielder has grown in confidence and it will be interesting to see how he will fare against Koffie in the midfield.

Patrick Nyarko’s DC United are at home to Kwadwo Poku’s New York City FC on Sunday.

While Nyarko is hugely favored to start for DC, same cannot be said of Poku for NYCFC but trust the young Ghanaian to put up a show whenever coach Patrick Vieira calls on him.

When New York Red Bulls play as guests of Orlando City on Sunday, Lloyd Sam will once again attempt to put up another inspiring performance for the Red Bulls while Gideon Baah waits patiently to be declared fit again.

Apart from this weekend’s action in the MLS, there will be few more midweek actions with Ghanaian interests.

Two products from the Right to Dream – Joshua Yaro and Emmanuel Boateng - will battle for supremacy when Philadelphia Union entertains LA Galaxy at the Talen Energy Stadium on Wednesday.

That same Wednesday will mark the return of speedstar David Accam as he rejoins his Chicago Fire teammates for a trip to Vancouver to face the might of the Whitecaps.

In the North American Soccer League (NASL), Ghana’s Derek Boateng will lead Rayo OKC for a battle with Jacksonville Armada FC on Saturday.
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