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David Accam is important for us – Chicago Fire coach


Coach of Major League Soccer (MLS) side, Chicago Fire, Veljko Paunovic has admitted that Ghana striker David Accam is very important for the ongoing MLS campaign.

Accam has endured some difficult moments in the last couple of months following a knee injury that ruled him out for some time. He also missed the Ghana Black Stars squad for the upcoming Cup of Nations qualifier.

His resumption into full action was however hampered by a one-game suspension after an elbow incident in Chicago Fire’s trip to New York Red Bulls.

But last Saturday, Accam returned with a bang as his only goal helped secured a one all tie with MLS Cup champions Portland Timbers.

Reflecting on Chicago Fire’s draw with Portland Timbers, Paunovic praised the on-field connection between David Accam and fellow striker Kennedy Igboananike.

“David is very important, not only because of his individual quality, but because he improves our team and our team feels better on the field offensively with more potential”, the coach of Chicago Fire said about Accam.

Out of 12 games played by Chicago Fire in the ongoing season, Accam has played only five of them but has scored three goals with one assist already. The game against Portland Timbers was his full action after regaining full fitness a couple of weeks ago.

Apart from Accam, other Ghanaians were in action for their various clubs in the MLS.

Defender Kofi Opare played the entire duration for DC United’s 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City away. Patrick Nyarko did not make the trip due to a minor injury.

Gideon Baah played the last 22 minutes for New York Red Bulls when they defeated Toronto FC by 3-0. Lloyd Sam was also ruled out due to injury.

Dominic Oduro’s Montreal Impact defeated Emmanuel Boateng’s LA Galaxy by 3-2. Oduro played 78 minutes with one assist for the Impact while Boateng played 66 minutes for LA Galaxy.

Joshua Yaro was an unused substitute for Philadelphia Union’s 1-1 tie on the road with Colorado Rapids likewise Kwadwo Poku when New York City FC drew 2-2 at home with Orlando City.
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