I want to be a credible player while selling Ghana soccer– Ghana’s Josh Yaro

Ghana and Philadelphia Union defender Joshua Yaro has exclusively revealed to Ghana Soccer US ( that his avowed mission in the Major League Soccer (MLS) is to improve and become a credible player while contributing massively to the success of his club as well as the image of Ghana soccer.

Yaro’s solid displays at the centre of the Union’s defense have helped propel the team to the summit of the Eastern Conference table and he has never disappointed ever since coach Jim Curtin reposed confidence in him and handed him a starting role as a rookie against Seattle Sounders in the fifth week.

The young Ghanaian has gone on to play six consecutive games for the Union. And, according to him, the sky is just the limit.

“As a player, you will like to play as many games as possible and do well in every game that you play. And as an individual, I will ask myself how can I improve?

“Coming into the league, I knew I will get the opportunity to play and do well, that has been my dream; a lot of us come from the college system and don’t even get a contract and some of us don’t get to play in the league, so this is a special moment for me and it is a blessing to be part of a team like Philadelphia Union. It is a great feeling to wear the jersey and go to the field to represent the team.

“Whenever I get the opportunity to play, I will go out there and do my best and try to make the best out of the opportunities I get. It is not everyone that can get this opportunity, there are a lot of players out there that are hoping to get the opportunity that I have so every opportunity that I get to represent the Union on the field of play is great so and I am always going to make the best out of it”.

Yaro is hopeful that Philadelphia will benefit from his good form in their bid to win the MLS cup.

“We have our eyes on the playoffs and hopefully win the championship. That is the dream of every team but the team we have this year is a group of talented and motivated guys so I think with dedication and hard work, winning the championship is an attainable goal and overall, this season will be a good season for us”.

The 21-year old defender believes he and his Ghanaian compatriots in the MLS have done enough to sell Ghana soccer in North America through their wonderful exploits in the league.

“We are adding a lot to the image of Ghana soccer because Ghanaians that play in the league are doing fairly well and are representing the country really well.

“It is good for us individually and it is also good for Ghana as a country because a lot of scouts from the league could look for players in Ghana to come and play in the league. Playing well here means a lot of interests from the MLS will come to Ghana which will be fantastic because there are lots of talents in Ghana”.

The young defender said he will be honored to play for Ghana one day.

“I am ready for any challenge that comes my way, either to get a national call up now, or it might take a while to establish myself as a credible player before I get a call up but at the same time, I will be honored anytime I get called up into a national team.

“I don’t know if the Ghanaian authorities look at players in the MLS, so that could be a factor but I will be honored if I get the call up. I could have been fortunate if the U-23 have gone to the Olympics though”, Yaro indicated adding “remember that Harrison Afful and David Accam played for the national team when they were not in the MLS so hopefully, once those players are here now, the MLS will attract some Ghanaian eyes and some Ghanaians playing well in the league can get the opportunity to represent Ghana”.

NB: Watch out for a full Q&A with Joshua Yaro on the feature page of this website!
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