Patrick Vieira breaks silence on Kwadwo Poku’s transfer

Coach of New York City FC Patrick Vieira says the decision to sell Ghana’s Kwadwo Poku to North American Soccer League (NASL) side Miami FC was purely based on football reasons.

Poku parted ways with the Major League Soccer (MLS) side to the NASL widely regarded as the second tier league in North America this week with both sides equally elated about the deal.

“It is a good deal for both parts. It will be really good for Poku because he will be playing every week. It will be good for us as a football club because we received an offer we couldn’t refuse", Vieira told

Vieira was optimistic Poku will benefit a lot from The Miami FC deal.

“That decision has been made based on football. That’s why I think Poku going there will be good because he will be guaranteed to play every weekend and that wasn’t the case here with us. I believe both parts are very happy with the deal.”

Poku, 24, leaves NYCFC after a year-and-a-half in which he scored five goals and had seven assists in 34 competitive matches, including nine starts in MLS and two in the US Open Cup.

After an impressive first season with the club in 2015, he struggled to find playing time under new coach Patrick Vieira, and had just seven appearances (three starts) and one goal in 2016.

Poku originally arrived at NYCFC at the beginning of the 2015 season, after a breakout year in the 2014 NASL campaign with the Atlanta Silverbacks. He was named No. 7 on's 24 Under 24 list for 2015 and made his first international appearance for Ghana in October 2015.

Poku’s return to NASL, widely regarded as the second tier league in North America, means he will be competing with Ghanaian compatriots Derek Boateng and Kalif Alhassan of Rayo OKC and Tampa Bay Rowdies respectively.
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