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Ghana’s representation in MLS increases as 2018 season commences


Another Major League Soccer (MLS) season is here, and once again, Ghana will be hugely represented as the league’s 23rd season commences with at least 20 Ghanaian players spread across half of the 23 registered teams.

Although some old Ghanaian faces are missing in this season’s league, many young known Ghanaians and some other players with diverse Ghanaian backgrounds have been signed on by the league.

Some of these young players caught the attention of the MLS scouts following their impressive performances in their various colleges.

As expected, Columbus Crew SC lead the list of clubs with Ghanaian players. The Crew now have five Ghanaians on their roster. 31-year-old Harrison Afful is in his fourth season with the Crew, Jonathan Mensah, 27, is in his second season just like Mohammed Abu and Lalas Abubakar. University of Virginia product Edward Opoku who is joining the Crew in his maiden MLS season will definitely feel at home as he joins his compatriots.

Chris Odoi-Atsem, 22, makes a return to DC United in his second MLS season. He is expected to partner senior colleague Kofi Opare who enters his fifth season with DC United and his seventh season overall in the MLS.

After three seasons with Chicago Fire, David Accam, 27, is seeking a fresh start with Philadelphia Union and has so far enjoyed a wonderful reception by Joshua Yaro and Derrick Jones (born in Ghana but has represented USA at the youth level) who are in their third season with the Union.

2018 is Francis Atuahene and Emmanuel Twumasi’s first season with FC Dallas. Atuahene played three seasons at the University of Michigan where he scored 24 goals and had 11 assists in 49 matches for the Wolverines from 2015 to 2017. He was picked 4th overall while Wake Forest’s Twumasi was the 11th overall pick by Dallas in the 2018 SuperDraft.

Latif Blessing has joined new franchise Los Angeles FC in his second overall season in the MLS after a breakout season with Sporting Kansas City last year.

Veteran Dominic Oduro will be making his fourth season with Montreal Impact and his 12th season overall in the MLS while Bismark Adjei-Boateng, 23, makes his second season with Colorado Rapids.

While Emmanuel Boateng is in his third season with LA Galaxy, 22-year-old Abu Danladi will enter his second MLS season with Minnesota United. Danladi was selected No. 1 overall by Minnesota in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft following a highly successful career at UCLA. He scored eight goals for Minnesota in his maiden season.

Richie Laryea (born in Canada) is in his third season with Orlando City SC with Kwame Awuah (born in Canada) making his second season with New York City FC.

Awuah would be joined by Ebenezer Ofori who will be playing in the MLS for the first time after New York City FC acquired him from German side VfB Stuttgart on a year-long loan with an option to make the deal permanent after the 2018 MLS season.
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