Ghanaian players caught in MLS rivalry weekend frenzy

This weekend is dubbed the ‘rivalry weekend’ in the Major League Soccer (MLS) and Ghanaian players in the MLS have not been spared of the whole frenzy as some cross each other’s path in various derbies.

The New York derby is in its second year and apart from Red Bulls’ Gideon Baah who is new to this enmity, his compatriot Lloyd Sam and New York City FC’s Kwadwo Poku saw it all when Red Bulls taught the NYCFC bitter lessons in their maiden season.

But as Kwadwo Poku puts it, this is a new chapter altogether.

“Last season, things didn’t go our way but this is a new challenge with new players and a new team, so I know everybody is playing to win and we are really focused on that game”.

Both sides won their respective midweek games and even though NYCFC are on top of the Eastern Conference standings, Lloyd Sam and his teammates are anticipating a cagey encounter after grinding out a 1-0 home victory over Chicago Fire.

Defender and MLS rookie Joshua Yaro will seek to continue his impressive run when Philadelphia Union welcomes Patrick Nyarko’s DC United to the Talen energy Stadium on Friday.

Nyarko has become the fulcrum of United and will be hoping to inspire his teammates to another win after that comprehensive victory over Red bulls.

The LA Galaxy – San Jose Earthquakes clash is widely regarded as one of the oldest rivalries in the MLS, and as we expect the so called California Clasico not to disappoint, we can also expect youngster Emmanuel Boateng not to disappoint if he gets the opportunity to play for Galaxy.

Harrison Afful and Columbus Crew will play as guests of Toronto FC in another rivalry dubbed the Trillium Cup.

The Great Lakes region rivals lock horns in the first meeting between the clubs this season and Toronto FC who have won two Trillium Cups to date will look to keep their solid start to the season while Crew SC who are dominant in the series with six Trillium Cups, including 2015, will seek to improve their standings on the Eastern Conference table.

David Accam’s Chicago Fire returns home after three difficult games on the road as they play host to Houston Dynamo.

Chicago Fire Head Coach Veljko Paunovic says “Accam is coming out from the injury and he's taking care of his body. So treatments are still important part of his recovery in order to be ready for the next game on Saturday”.

Dominic Oduro’s Montreal Impact play as guests of Orlando City with Gershon Koffie’s New England Revolution at home to FC Dallas.
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