Chicago Fire add another DP in Ghanaian striker David Accam

Chicago Fire have made another big step to improving their squad by signing Ghanaian striker David Accam and the 24-year-old will occupy a Designated Player slot.

Accam joins from Swedish side Helsingborg, where he scored 30 goals in 62 appearances – an impressive strike rate of 0.48 per game.

He is the second African DP striker that the Fire have added this offseason and the club will hope to see Accam form a solid partnership with Kennedy Igboananike in 2015.

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“David is an exciting, creative player with a goal-scoring mentality,” Fire head coach Frank Yallop said. “I’m pleased that David will be joining the Fire. He’s a key piece as we continue to build a deep squad in preparation for the 2015 season and we’re looking forward to having him on our team.”

Accam, who made it through Ghana’s Right to Dream Academy, has improved as a player with every season and was called up to the Ghana National team for a World Cup qualifier against Sudan earlier this year.

The Fire reportedly paid around £2.5 million for his services and he will hope to make an immediate impact when the new season gets underway in March.

“I’m really excited to be a part of MLS and the Chicago Fire,” he said.

“The commitment that the Fire showed me was the main reason I chose Chicago over other offers that I had. I would also like to thank the coach Frank Yallop and the owner Andrew Hauptman for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to play for the Fire. I cannot wait to repay their faith.

“I know that Chicago is going to be a great home for me, and I’m looking forward to giving everything I have to become part of the Fire family, with my teammates, the club staff and of course, the fans, especially Section 8,” Accam added.

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Kevin-Prince Boateng’s fiancee hints Ghana star could move to MLS next year

The fiancee of Ghana star Kevin-Prince Boateng has hinted that the out of favour Schalke man could make the move to Major League Soccer when his contract expires.

Boateng has struggled to find a regular starting role in the Schalke side so far this season, playing in just seven of the Bundesliga side’s 12 league games.

And he is believed to looking at other options despite having more than a year remaining on his current contract.

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The 27-year-old playmaker has moved clubs six times in seven years, playing in England, Germany and Italy but could be heading to the US to join MLS if his fiancee Melissa Satta is to be believed.

“He is still playing for many years. In the future we will probably move again. Maybe Kevin will play in the MLS,” she said.

If Boateng were to move at the end of his current deal he could be one of the first signings for either Atlanta or Los Angeles Football Club as the two expansion sides are set to enter MLS in 2017.

The dynamic midfielder is undoubtedly talented, and it is intriguing to see a player in the prime of his career being linked with a switch to America.

And although it is unlikely we’ll see Boateng playing in MLS anytime soon, it is certainly something to keep a close eye on going forward.

Would Kevin-Prince Boateng be a good capture for MLS?

Former Chelsea star Michael Essien set for MLS move – report

Michael Essien is reportedly nearing a move to Major League Soccer with three clubs interested in bringing the former Chelsea star to MLS before the start of the 2015 season.

Reports from Italian media outlet Tuttosport claim that the AC Milan midfielder is interested in a move to the United States, while MilanNews.it supports these claims by suggesting three MLS clubs are looking at signing the Ghanaian midfield enforcer.

Toronto FC, Columbus Crew and the Portland Timbers have all been linked with a move, and the 31-year-old will more than likely join the league as a Designated Player were he to make the switch.

Essien’s current contract at AC Milan expires in June next year, but the Italian giants are believed to be willing to offload him in the January window, as they could receive around €3 million for him.

The Timbers currently have three DP’s and therefore look unlikely to add Essien, whereas Columbus have two free DP slots on their roster.

Though it is Toronto who look to be favourites to sign the experienced midfielder as Jermain Defoe is looking likely to move on in the next month or so. That will free up a DP slot and will leave plenty of room for Essien’s salary.

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Interestingly, the player recently changed his representatives to the US-based Clavijo Soccer Agency – a group run by FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo.

The tweet above suggests Toronto are ready to unleash a fearful looking midfield duo of Michael Bradley and Michael Essien on the rest of MLS before the start of next season.

If he joins the league, Essien will certainly be another great capture for Major League Soccer as the quality continues to improve.

Would Michael Essien be a good signing for Toronto?

Reaction to the USA’s vital World Cup win against Ghana

USA beat Ghana 2-1 last night in one of the best defensive performances of the World Cup so far.

USA looked resolute in defence and seemed destined for the three points from the first whistle as Clint Dempsey netted the fifth fastest goal in World Cup history.

John Anthony Brooks was the standout performer for the Stars and Stripes and the winning goal was deserved following a brilliant defensive performance after coming on at halftime..

Calls will be made for him to start, but should Matt Besler recover for the Portugal game, it’s hard to see Jurgen Klinsmann changing the back four.

However, the win was not without casualties, as Jozy Altidore limped off little after 20 minutes of the game with a hamstring injury that looks to have ended his World Cup.

Aron Johannsson, who deputised for Altidore, is not to the same standard and doesn’t fit the USA game plan, so should Altidore not be able to continue, surely a change in tactics will be necessary.

With a midfield that was basically a flat four, Jermaine Jones thrived. The 32 year-old was immense and gave everything to the cause, even though he was out of position on the left.

A special mention must also go to Kyle Beckerman who rallied his teammates and broke up play when called upon. He will be key if the USA is to beat Portugal.

The USA now go into the Portugal game on Sunday full of confidence and Portugal are coming off the back of a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Germany.

Everything is going to plan for the USMNT. The game on Sunday is being seen as the battle for second place in Group G and a win on Sunday will surely see them into the last 16.

EXCLUSIVE: An Interview with MLS rookie Fifi Baiden

In an exclusive interview with MLS GB, Kingsley “Fifi” Baiden explains his rise from the backstreets of Ghana to the glamour of Major League Soccer, as well as his hopes for the season with the Columbus Crew.

Fifi Baiden was drafted by the Columbus Crew with the fourth pick in the third round of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, fulfilling his long-term dream to play professional on the world stage.

The 22-year-old holding midfielder is just the second Right to Dream graduate to sign for an MLS side, after Michael Tetteh was drafted by the Seattle Sounders in 2011.

Baiden grew up loving football and explains how the game is played throughout Ghana and can create brighter futures for children.

“Football is played in all corners of Ghana. On the streets, in the backyard, and in any open area, whether its sandy or gravel, you see kids playing football.”

“Due to the economic hardship of my family, and Ghana in general, football is another way to create opportunities for a better future. Unable for my parents to afford my education at an early age, I got plenty of time to play soccer with my uncles and friends on the streets.”

His love for football and determination to succeed saw Baiden graduate from the Right to Dream academy, and enabled him to make the jump to the US to pursue his career as a professional footballer.

Baiden in action for UC Santa Barbara

Baiden in action for UC Santa Barbara

After playing soccer for several years in the US, including four years of college soccer at UC Santa Barbara, the Ghanaian is now ready to make an impression on Major League Soccer with Columbus.

He has yet to make an appearance for the Crew, but is patient and is working hard as ever to ensure his ready when the opportunity arrives.

“As a rookie, my main aim is to work very hard to get on the field. We have very competitive and talented players, and everyone is doing the best they can to maintain their position as a starter or in the 18 man squad.”

“It is my goal to break into the 18 man squad and start playing games to offer my contribution to the team in anyway I can. It takes patience, and I believe my aim will be achieved soon when the time is right.”

The Crew ended an eight-game winless streak by beating Chicago Fire on Saturday night and Baiden said prior to the game that Columbus were ready to turn their season around.

“We are doing well, all the games we played have been close in terms of the results. We just have to keep working hard as a group, and find ways to score goals and not give up goals as well. Everyone is doing their best and I believe we will get over the hurdle.”

The rookie wasn’t wrong, and the Crew will now look to build on what was their first win since March.

Fifi Baiden will hope to be a part of their rise this season, as they look to make the playoffs once more.

The rookie will be looking forward to play

The rookie will hope to take to the field at Columbus Crew Stadium before too long

The midfielder has come a long way from watching the likes of Steven Gerrard in Ghanaian theatres, and his bright future will only take him further.

“I used to sneak into theaters to catch a glimpse of any football played on TV, and I listened to the radio a lot for big names like Steven Gerrard, Messi, Kaka etc.”

Now it is time for Fifi Baiden’s name to be broadcast around the world, and we look forward to seeing him in action when he makes his eagerly anticipated MLS debut with Columbus.