Columbus Crew explain decision to acquire Ghanaian winger Emmanuel Boateng

Former LA Galaxy and DC United’s Ghanaian winger Emmanuel Boateng has made a surprise move to the Columbus Crew SC via a trade with DC United in exchange for defender Axel Sjoberg.

Boateng, 26, is an eight-year veteran who has spent the last five years in Major League Soccer (MLS), making 111 regular-season appearances (65 starts) with the LA Galaxy and D.C. United.

Explaining the rationale behind the deal, Crew SC President and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko said: “Emmanuel is a veteran, dynamic player who brings eight years of professional experience to our Club, and we are excited to welcome him to Columbus. We believe Emmanuel’s speed on the flank and his familiarity with MLS makes him a valuable addition to our roster”.

Boateng played for LA Galaxy from 2016-2019, where he made 108 regular-season appearances (65 starts), scoring nine goals and providing 13 assists before making a switch to DC United in the 2019 MLS regular season.

Before joining MLS, the Right to Dream Academy product spent three seasons with Helsingborgs IF of the Allsvenskan – Sweden’s top-flight – from 2013-2015.

The Ghanaian winger joins compatriot Harrison Afful and Jonathan Mensah in Columbus.
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