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Ghanaian youngster Jeffrey Otoo joins MLS’ Atlanta United


Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion side, Atlanta United have completed the signing of a young Ghanaian striker by name Jeffrey Otoo.

Atlanta United who will start competing in the MLS next season, has officially announced the signing of the 18-year-old striker.

A statement on the official website of the club says the 5’ 9” Otoo comes to Atlanta from Charity Stars FC, located in Accra, Ghana where he scored 21 goals in 13 games since December 2015 playing in Division 2.

He will however play the remainder of the 2016 season on loan in the United Soccer League (USL) with Charleston Battery, Atlanta United’s affiliate.

“Otoo is described as a strong, powerful and quick young player. He is naturally left footed with powerful shooting ability and is a high energy performer off the ball”, a statement on the Atlanta United website indicated.

According to the technical director of the new MLS franchise, Carlos Bocanegra, the Ghanaian youngster was discovered by their international scouts.

“Jeffrey is a talented young player who we identified through our international scouting network. “Having him signed with us at this time enables him to play with Charleston Battery and get familiar with US soccer ahead of our inaugural season in 2017.”

The official statement also noted that the signing of Otoo is in line with Atlanta United’s approach to building the roster by identifying strong individual contributors at each position.

“We really like Jeffrey’s natural technical ability and unselfish style of play,” said Bocanegra. “We’re excited to watch him develop.”

Young Otoo will arrive in the U.S. next week and will begin play with Charleston Battery soon after.
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