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We are thrilled with the signing of Ghana’s Kwado Poku – Miami FC


North American Soccer League (NASL) side The Miami FC have welcome Ghanaian midfielder Kwadwo Poku to his new club.

Miami FC have confirmed that they have acquired Kwadwo Poku from Major League Soccer (MLS) side New York City FC.

Poku will be under the tutelage of Italian greats Paolo Maldini who is the co-owner of the Miami side as well as head coach Alessandro Nesta.

According to The Miami FC, Poku, a Kumasi, Ghana native, comes to the Miami FC after successful stints in the NPSL, NASL and the MLS.

In fact, Poku’s new club referred to the Ghanaian midfielder as an MLS and NASL veteran in an official statement by club Technical Director Mauro Pederzoli.

“We are thrilled to be bringing on a player like Poku onto our roster”.

“Poku adds a physical presence to our attack and we believe he will help us achieve our goals for the fall season”, the Technical Director noted.

Poku, 24, leaves NYCFC after a year-and-a-half in which he scored five goals and had seven assists in 34 competitive matches, including nine starts in MLS and two in the US Open Cup.

After an impressive first season with the club in 2015, he struggled to find playing time under new coach Patrick Vieira, and had just seven appearances (three starts) and one goal in 2016.

A statement on the official website of NYCFC attributed to sporting director Claudio Reyna said: “This is a move that really makes sense for us”.

“Miami came with a significant offer that will give us options in the summer transfer window and beyond. We know and understand that at this stage of his career, playing regular first team football is very important to Poku”, Reyna added.

The club thanked Poku for his services for the New Yorkers.

“We’d like to thank Poku for his contribution to the building of New York City FC on and off the pitch. Everyone at the club wishes him the very best in this next chapter of his career”.

Poku originally arrived at NYCFC at the beginning of the 2015 season, after a breakout year in the 2014 NASL campaign with the Atlanta Silverbacks. He was named No. 7 on MLSsoccer.com's 24 Under 24 list for 2015 and made his first international appearance for Ghana in October 2015.

Poku’s return to NASL, widely regarded as the second tier league in North America, means he will be competing with Ghanaian compatriots Derek Boateng and Kalif Alhassan of Rayo OKC and Tampa Bay Rowdies respectively.
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