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Ghana’s Emmanuel Boateng: I am happy with my steady progress


Ghana and LA Galaxy’s young midfielder Emmanuel Boateng says he is happy with his steady progress under coach Bruce Arena although he firmly believes there is more room for improvement.

Boateng, 22, has made at least 16 appearances for the Galaxy in the ongoing Major League Soccer (MLS). He also helped the Los Angeles side to the semifinal of the 2016 US Open Cup until their unfortunate home defeat at the hands of FC Dallas.

The Ghanaian midfielder told Ghana Soccer US (www.ghsoccerus.net) after his side’s 1-0 loss to New York City FC at the Yankee Stadium over the weekend that he was still on a learning curve.

“I am satisfied to a certain point. I can’t say I am totally satisfied with my progress because as always, we have to improve so I am happy where I have come so far and I still think I can do more to help my team”.

Boateng said he will like to develop in all aspects of the game.

“I will still have to learn from every game and try to progress. I will like to progress further in every aspect of my game, get into the team system, learn more about how we play, use my speed; basically, every aspect of my game got to be improved.

“I am happy with my improvement so far but that is not enough, I still got to improve further”, he added. Emmanuel Boateng has started nine out of his 16 MLS appearnaces so far, and according to him, his only objective is to help LA Galaxy in any capacity as a player.

“I don’t decide when I play but I am still working hard every day. I try to make a lot of impact in every game that I get the chance to play. It is up to the coach to determine when I play”.

He admitted that the season has been tough, albeit, LA are on course in their bid to make it to the post season playoffs.

“There have been some few results that did not go our way, but it is a long journey, we anticipated that some games will be tough but we are still on course and hoping to make things right in order to make the play off”.

On their failure to progress to the final of the US Open Cup after succumbing to FC Dallas’ two late extra time goals, Boateng said: “We should have closed that game, with five minutes left, we could have made it to the final but we made some bad decisions on set pieces. It was a terrible result for us but we still have the championship in front of us so we have to keep going and put the result in the US Open Cup behind us”.
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