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Confirmed: Lloyd Sam joins Patrick Nyarko and Kofi Opare at DC United


The New York Red Bulls have traded Ghanaian midfielder Lloyd Sam to bitter rivals DC United for ‘an unspecified amount of allocation money’.

In a brief chat with Ghana Soccer US (www.ghsoccerus.net), Sam confirmed the news and said he has finally come to terms with reality.

“It’s done; the good thing is there is a coach who wants me”.

He said “the news came with mixed feelings but that is how the league is so I have to take it”.

Sam was particularly happy for the fact that he was joining two Ghanaian teammates – Patrick Nyarko and Kofi Opare.

Sam, who signed with New York in August 2012, followed proceedings of the deal with emotions as he reacted with series of tweet.

He first tweeted: “I'm in tears right now” and followed it up with another tweet within an hour that: Excited to meet my new teammates and a fresh new start!! #dcunited.

He followed it up with another tweet that read: “Just had a great conversation with Ben Olsen my new head coach. Fills me with great confidence to hear his enthusiasm to come and get me”.

This confirms earlier reports that suggested that New York Red Bulls were looking to trade Sam, 31 in order to raise money to buy a Designated Player.

The 31-year-old midfielder has been a regular starter for the Red Bulls since 2013. He’s made 106 regular season appearances since joining New York in August 2012, recording 20 goals and 22 assists and helping the Red Bulls to the 2013 and 2015 Supporters’ Shield titles.

Sam has one goal and four assists in 16 appearances and 13 starts in league play this year. He hasn’t started either of the Red Bulls’ last two MLS matches, but did play the first 70 minutes in New York’s US Open Cup loss to Philadelphia on June 29.

New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch told reporters on Tuesday that the club are looking to add an attacker – potentially a Designated Player – in the transfer window that opened on Monday. Acquiring allocation money would give the Red Bulls more room to sign such a player.

Coincidentally, Lloyd Sam and former New York City FC youngster Kwadwo Poku who joined The Miami FC in the North American Soccer League (NASL) are represented by New York-based Remington Ellis Management.
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