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Ghana’s Lloyd Sam describes short stint with DC United as quick turnaround


Ghana and DC United midfielder Lloyd Sam says he is adjusting quickly to life with his new club after his shocking move from New York Red Bulls.

The Ghanaian midfielder told www.mlssoccer.com that his transition has been as quick as his trip from New York to Washington DC.

“It is a quick turnaround. It was tough until I spoke to head coach Ben Olsen. A wise man once said, ‘You got to go wherever the manager wants you,’ and that reassured me”, Sam noted after training with DC United on Tuesday.

Sam, who was immediately added to DC’s game-day roster last weekend, sat on the bench and witnessed his new team fall 3-0 to Philadelphia Union in his first match as a member of the Black-and-Red.

But the 31-year old is already looking forward to his first start for DC.

“I am part of this side and I am ready to go”, he said.

Coach Olsen believes Sam could quickly make an impression with DC and immediately affect play in the final third while fellow Ghanaian winger Patrick Nyarko recuperates steadily.

“We talk about defense, defense, defense, but offensively we are not good enough either,” Olsen said. “We have to help our defense out a little bit, and put some in the net.”

“Sam is one of the best guys in the league at getting crosses off and connecting with forwards. He is a two-way player, everything we want in that position. He gives us depth”, Olsen added.

Even though, there are equally important match-ups in the weeks ahead, the Ghanaian winger will surely be counting down the clock till DC host the Red Bulls on August 21 and follow up with a trip to Red Bull Arena on September 11.

“Those are huge games. I feel like after this kind of trade, it is probably not just a huge game for me. It’s a huge game for their management for sure,” Sam concluded.
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