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Ghanaians to rumble in MLS Week 11


It is another Major League Soccer (MLS) weekend, and once again, Ghanaians will be in the scheme of things as some lock horns in dicey match ups.

Patrick Nyarko and Kofi Opare’s DC United are at home to Lloyd Sam and Gideon Baah’s New York Red Bulls on Friday.

On a good day, this fixture would have seen four Ghanaians in action but injury and lack of playing time may reduce the number to two. Defender Kofi Opare is likely to start from the bench for DC united while the Red bulls are yet to declare Gideon Baah fit.

But Patrick Nyarko and Lloyd Sam will keep the Ghana flag high as they battle for their clubs.

Patrick Nyarko has two goals in his name in the season and would like to put last weekend’s disappointment behind him as he engages Lloyd Sam in a midfield battle. Sam, who has recorded a goal in the ongoing campaign, has been regular for the Red Bulls and will be hoping for another successful outing against United.

United will be hosting a New York team for the second straight game, after succumbing to New York City FC by 0-2 in the RFK Stadium on Mother's Day.

DC’s two-game unbeaten streak ended with the loss to NYCFC, while the Red Bulls' 1-1 draw with Orlando City SC last Friday ended a two-game winning streak.

Young defender Joshua Yaro will be part of Philadelphia Union’s traveling party to Montreal Impact and his duty on Saturday will be tricky as he try to hold compatriot Dominic Oduro and African legend Didier Drogba in check.

Oduro has scored four goals already in the season with Drogba netting three goals so far. And with their strike partner Ignacio Piatti with six goals, Yaro and his defense partners will have to be extra vigilant.

Striker David Accam is likely to return to action on Saturday when Chicago Fire play as guests of Gershon Koffie’s New England Revolution.

Accam who was on fire before his knee injury will be hoping for a playing time that may see him increase his goal tally this season. He already has two goals in his name this season.

Defender Harrison Afful and his Columbus Crew have been in the news the whole week for the wrong reason following their 4-4 home tie against Dominic Oduro’s Montreal Impact. As they welcome Colorado Rapids to the Mapfre Stadium, they will be hoping to put the era of Kei Kamara behind them and return to winning ways.
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