Ghana’s Harrison Afful and Kalif Alhassan clash in US Open Cup

The US Open Cup enters the fourth round as many Ghanaians and their Major League Soccer (MLS) clubs join the competition.

There is a Ghanaian interest on Wednesday’s clash involving Columbus Crew SC and Tampa Bay Rowdies as lower league clubs prepare to do battle with MLS clubs.

Columbus Crew’s Ghanaian defender Harrison Afful will come face to face with Rowdies Ghanaian midfielder Kalif Alhassan who put up series of excellent performances for the Tampa Bay club during the North American Soccer League (NASL) Spring Season.

When LA Galaxy take on United Premier Soccer League (UPSL)’s La Maquina, Emmanuel Boateng will be hoping for a starting role for the Galaxy with Joshua Yaro’s Philadelphia Union welcoming Harrisburg City Islanders who play in the United Soccer League (USL).

There will be series of New York derbies and that will certainly involve Ghanaians. Lloyd Sam and Gideon Baah will be hoping to play a part in New York Red Bulls’ clash against USL side Rochester Rhinos with Kwadwo Poku’s New York City FC taking on New York Cosmos from the NASL.

David Accam’s Chicago Fire are at home to NASL Spring Season champions Indy Eleven while Patrick Nyarko and Kofi Opare’s DC United play host to another NASL side Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

New England Revolution may leave out Gershon Koffie who is recuperating from a knee sprain when they play as guests of NASL side Carolina RailHawks while Portland Timbers will also host San Jose Earthquakes without goalie Adam Larsen Kwarasey.
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