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Ghana’s David Accam will feel at home in Philadelphia


Ghanaian winger David Accam has arrived at Philadelphia to a rousing welcome following his mega move from Chicago Fire to the Union, a move that Major League Soccer (MLS) pundits describe as one of the most expensive deals between MLS clubs.

With 33 goals and 15 assists in three seasons for Chicago, the 27-year-old winger who garnered a career high of 14 goals and eight assists in 2017 is leaving The Fire as a cult figure. The Union have announced that Accam will fill one of the club's two vacant designated player slots. This means that the Ghanaian could match or better the over $820,000 guaranteed compensations he made last year.

As a designated player, Accam will surely feel at home and could easily win the hearts of the Union fans if he is able to repeat or better the performances he put up in Chicago.

Union coach Jim Curtin, who is already looking for possible partnerships for the Ghanaian winger, has described the trade as very positive.

“If you look at some of our guys, a guy like Haris [Medunjanin], a guy like [Alejandro] Bedoya, Accam is a guy who can stretch the field and give them space to operate. So I think it's a real positive thing for everyone on our team”.

Playing in front of hospitable supporters and in the mixed of friendly coaches and teammates will definitely look pleasant but for Accam, the experience will be more than positive as he joins fellow Ghanaian Joshua Yaro in camp.

Accam and Yaro will have a lot to share because they are both products of Right to Dream Ghana.

In fact, Yaro was part of the Philadelphia Union entourage that welcomed Accam to his new home on Sunday. And that was enough to suggest that Accam will not be lonely as he joins a Philadelphia Union team that boast of at least, three players with various Ghanaian backgrounds.

Accam could also form a deadly strike partnership with CJ Sapong, an American with Ghanaian parentage, who scored 16 goals for Philadelphia last year.

That will not be all, if Derrick Jones Amanianpong, a member of the United States U-20 team who also traces his lineage to Ghana decides to stay at Philadelphia, he could also offer diverse support to Accam, his countryman.
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