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Ghanaian teenage sensation Kwadwo Opoku sends LAFC to CONCACAF Champions League semis with a stunner! Ghanaian teenager ...
12/17/2020

Ghanaian teenage sensation Kwadwo Opoku sends LAFC to CONCACAF Champions League semis with a stunner!

Ghanaian teenager Kwadwo ‘Mahala’ Opoku’s first-ever goal for Major League Soccer (MLS) side Los Angeles FC has sent the club to the semifinal of the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League.

LAFC, the last MLS team in the competition conceded an early goal in the winner-takes-all quarterfinal when their Mexican opponents Cruz Azul scored from the spot after the 15th minute. But the Black and Gold fought back when Carlos Vela converted a penalty in the 38th minute to tie the game in the first half.

LAFC coach Bob Bradley made a bold decision and introduced the 19-year-old Mahala Opoku into the game in the 58th minute for his fifth career LAFC appearance and the introduction of the sensational Ghanain quickly paid off at the 71st-minute mark as Mahala Jr. connected a hefty left-footed volley into the bottom corner from a corner kick on the edge of the 18-yard box to send the MLS side to the semifinal of the competition.

LAFC coach Bob Bradley made a bold decision and introduced the 19-year-old Mahala Opoku into the game in the 58th minute for his fifth career LAFC appearance and the introduction of the sensational Ghanain quickly paid off at the 71st-minute mark as Mahala Jr. connected a hefty left-footed volley into the bottom corner from a corner kick on the edge of the 18-yard box to send the MLS side to the semifinal of the competition.

LAFC coach Bob Bradley made a bold decision and introduced the 19-year-old Mahala Opoku into the game in the 58th minute for his fifth career LAFC appearance and the introduction of the sensational Ghanain quickly paid off at the 71st-minute mark as Mahala Jr. connected a hefty left-footed volley into the bottom corner from a corner kick on the edge of the 18-yard box to send the MLS side to the semifinal of the competition.

The young Ghanaian’s performance in the second half earned him a lot of plaudits from the LAFC head coach.

“I am so happy for Mahala. He has earned the respect of the group. He’s got a great personality. He is really well-liked for what he brings every single day. He loves the game and wants to get better every day at training. Everybody inside the locker room was excited for him to get that first goal and get us into the semifinals”, coach Bob Bradley said about the Attram De Visser Soccer Academy product.

The young Ghanaian tweeted on his page that his match-winner “was a moment he will never forget”.

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We did it for the fans - COLUMBUS CREW CAPTAIN JONATHAN MENSAHColumbus Crew captain Jonathan Mensah has described the te...
12/13/2020

We did it for the fans - COLUMBUS CREW CAPTAIN JONATHAN MENSAH

Columbus Crew captain Jonathan Mensah has described the team’s championship-winning performance against Seattle Sounders in the 2020 Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup final as incredible.

The Ghanaian defender has also singled out their fans for praise after their 3-0 victory over the former champions.

Columbus Crew captain Jonathan Mensah has described the team’s championship-winning performance against Seattle Sounders in the 2020 Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup final as incredible.

“We are so grateful for their sacrifices off the field, and what we could do to kind of like pay them back was to win this trophy for them. So thankful that we have this amazing fan base behind us and you know we did this for them.

“For this to be possible today, it is by their efforts and their fight off the field, their determination, their resiliency, got us to where we are now, for us to be able to accomplish this mission.

Columbus Crew captain Jonathan Mensah has described the team’s championship-winning performance against Seattle Sounders in the 2020 Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup final as incredible.

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https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2020/10/22/columbus-crew-sc-ghanaian-international-defender-jonathan-mensah-agree-contrac...
10/23/2020
Columbus Crew SC, Ghanaian international defender Jonathan Mensah agree to contract extension

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TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Extension Columbus Crew SC and captain Jonathan Mensah have agreed to a contract extension, the club announced Thursday. The multi-year contract extension was signed using allocation money and will kick in next year. Mensah, 30, has been a constant with the Crew since

MLS VOW TO SUPPORT NEWLY FORMED BLACK PLAYERS COALITION The Black Players Coalition of the Major League Soccer (MLS) has...
06/19/2020

MLS VOW TO SUPPORT NEWLY FORMED BLACK PLAYERS COALITION

The Black Players Coalition of the Major League Soccer (MLS) has been launched on Juneteenth with an unflinching support of the hierarchy of the MLS.

The new group aims to address racial inequalities in MLS, fight racism in soccer, elevate Black voices and positively impact Black communities across the USA and Canada.

“On this memorable day in American history commemorating the news of the Emancipation Proclamation reaching the last remaining slaves in Texas, we honor Juneteenth by announcing the formation of The Black Players Coalition of MLS. This is a new organization that will address the racial inequalities in our league, stand with all those fighting racism in the world of soccer, and positively impact black communities across the United States and Canada”, an official statement noted.

“We pledge to help bridge the racial equality gap that exists in our league by lobbying for initiatives like implicit bias training, cultural education courses, and diversification hiring practices. Beyond addressing these overlooked systemic issues around soccer in this country, the BPC is committed to tackling the racial injustices that have prevented black people from having an equitable stake in society. Among the many goals we will strive to achieve in our black communities, some will include targeted spending, educational advancement initiatives, and mentorship programs”, the statement added.

According to the statement, over 70 black players in the MLS have so far come together to tackle these issues and have raised $75,000 in charitable contributions by the MLS Players Association (MLSPA) on behalf of the Coalition.

The board members include Ray Gaddis, CJ Sapong, Quincy Amarikwa, Kendall Waston, Jeremy Ebobisse, Sean Johnson, Bill Hamid, Earl Edwards Jr, Jalil Anibaba, Kei Kamara, Ike Opara with Justin Morrow as the executive director of the organization.

The organization will work in partnership with the MLSPA and MLS on racial issues, aforementioned initiatives, and charitable donations.

Major League Soccer ((MLS) officially suspended for at least 30 days!
03/12/2020

Major League Soccer ((MLS) officially suspended for at least 30 days!

11/14/2019
Total Africa Cup of Nations

How Ghana qualified to the Semifinals of the U-23 African Cup!

Highlights 📽️

🇬🇭 Ghana qualify to the semi-finals after defeating 🇲🇱 Mali 2-0

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09/11/2019

This amateur video shows how Ghana's National U-23 side, the Black Meteors beat Algeria 1-0 in Setif to qualify for the Africa U-23 Championship in Egypt!

NYCFC presents Ghanaian Community Night!On August 21, New York City Football Club will face off against Columbus Crew SC...
08/20/2019

NYCFC presents Ghanaian Community Night!

On August 21, New York City Football Club will face off against Columbus Crew SC at Yankee Stadium. Soccer loving Ghanaians in and around New York have been granted a rare opportunity to meet New York City Football Club’s Ghanaian player, Ebenezer Ofori. Ofori was born in Kumasi, Ghana, and is on loan from German club VfB Stuttgart, as a midfielder.

As summer draws to a close, Ghanaian communities in the Big Apple in particular and the Tri-State area, will have the honor to witness another Ghanaian battle in the MLS as NYCFC midfielder Ebenezer Ofori welcomes compatriots David Accam, Harrison Afful and Jonathan Mensah to the Bronx.

For this occasion, NYCFC will be bringing together a large group to celebrate as Ghanaian Community Night at the match.

The Bronx boasts a sizable Ghanaian community, hence the laudable idea by NYCFC to bring together a true soccer nation at Yankee Stadium.

According to the Club, special tickets for Ghanaians are on sale at a special price of $17 at Eric Darko Law Office at 299 Broadway, as well as, Papaye Restaurant, 2300 Grand Concourse.

NYCFC is hopeful that many Ghanaians will come in their beautiful Ghanaian colors to show their love for the four players.

As part of the event, the first 75 fans who will buy their tickets will get the opportunity to meet NYCFC’s Ebenezer Ofori after the match.

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🇬🇭GHANA DEFENDER LALAS ABUBAKAR IN MLS WEEK 15 TEAM OF THE WEEK, FRANCIS ATUAHENE SCORES ON HIS DEBUT FOR FC DALLAS! ⚽️⚽...
06/10/2019

🇬🇭GHANA DEFENDER LALAS ABUBAKAR IN MLS WEEK 15 TEAM OF THE WEEK, FRANCIS ATUAHENE SCORES ON HIS DEBUT FOR FC DALLAS! ⚽️⚽️

Ghana and Colorado Rapids defender Lalas Abubakar took advantage of the fewer Major League Soccer (MLS) games over the weekend to register his name in the Team of the week for Week 15 of the 2019 MLS.

He was the fulcrum of the Colorado defense when they defeated Minnesota United 1-0.

Also taking advantage of the weekend was young Francis Atuahene who registered his MLS debut goal in his debut game for FC Dallas when they held San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-2 draw on the road.

His debut performance earned him a place in the Week 15 reserve team.

Atuahene, 23, who was selected by FC Dallas with the 4th overall pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, was in action for the last 26 minutes but he will surely not forget this day as he helped Dallas snatch a point away from home on his debut.

The young Ghanaian was introduced into the game on the 64th minute when Dallas were trailing 1-2, but his first major contribution on the 65th minute was that wonderful strike with the outside of his right foot that beat the San Jose goalie.

Atuahene said after the game that “I was happy to get my debut. I was happy that I contributed the moment I came into the game”.

According to the young Ghanaian, he did not know he was going to get his debut game but he was always prepared for the opportunity.

It was a relatively light week in terms of games in Week 15 of the 2019 MLS regular season, but Abubakar and Atuahene will savor more of such opportunities.

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Asamoah Gyan rescinds decision to retire from Black Stars after Presidential intervention‘Former Black Stars captain-now...
05/22/2019

Asamoah Gyan rescinds decision to retire from Black Stars after Presidential intervention

‘Former Black Stars captain-now-general captain’, Asamoah Gyan, has rescinded his decision to retire from the senior national team.

This follows a Presidential intervention by Ghana’s President, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who spoke to Gyan and the Black stars coach Kwasi Appiah after the former quit the national team last Monday.

It would be recalled that Gyan, highly touted as Ghana’s all-time goal scorer, shockingly retired from the national team over a harmless captaincy issue. Coach Appiah had decided to strip the striker of the captaincy and that decision did not go down well with the Turkey-based striker who decided to call time on his memorable international career.

In a statement, the former captain noted that he had had a fruitful conversation with the President who asked him (Gyan) to rescind his decision to retire from the national team.

“A Presidential request is one that cannot be disregarded.

“I have taken the request of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in good faith, and will make myself available for selection by coach Kwasi Appiah”, the statement added.

Gyan also reminded Ghanaians of his resolve to help the team win the African Cup of Nations.

“My desire to help Ghana end the over three-decade long wait to annex the AFCON trophy still burns strong, and I remain committed to serving this great nation and the people of Ghana”, he concluded.

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Ghana Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan: ".....If the decision of the coach is to give captaincy of the tournament to ano...
05/20/2019

Ghana Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan: ".....If the decision of the coach is to give captaincy of the tournament to another player while I am named in the team for the tournament, I wish to recuse myself from the tournament. I also wish to retire from the national team permanently.........."

Accam joins Ghanaian compatriots in a shock move to Columbus Crew!
05/08/2019
Columbus Crew SC acquires David Accam in trade with the Philadelphia Union

Accam joins Ghanaian compatriots in a shock move to Columbus Crew!

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC today announced that the club has acquired Ghanaian midfielder David Accam (pronounced: uh-KAHM) from the Philadelphia Union in exchange for $100,000 in Targeted Allocation Money, $400,000 in General Allocation Money and an International Roster Spot for the 2019 Major

MLS: GHANAIAN WINGERS ACCAM AND LATIF HOPING TO HELP UNION AND LAFC CONSOLIDATE LEAD The Major League Soccer (MLS) is on...
05/04/2019

MLS: GHANAIAN WINGERS ACCAM AND LATIF HOPING TO HELP UNION AND LAFC CONSOLIDATE LEAD

The Major League Soccer (MLS) is only 10 weeks old but Ghana’s David Accam and Latif Blessing are hoping that their respective clubs can consolidate their positions in both conferences.

Latif Blessing’s Los Angeles FC have already been tagged as the best team in this year’s league after assuming pole position in the Western Conference while Accam’s Philadelphia Union also occupy the top spot in the Eastern Conference after defeating FC Cincinnati 2-0 in a midweek clash.

This weekend, Accam and his Philadelphia Union teammates are at home to New England Revolution and a win at the Talen Energy Stadium will keep them at the summit of the Eastern Conference table, at least for another week.

Accam has so far played seven games and scored three goals this season and he will surely relish another stellar performance for the Union.

Latif has also remained an integral member of the formidable LAFC and as they entertain Chicago Fire at home, their fans can only look forward to one thing – victory.

The DC United - Columbus Crew encounter will also provide some Ghanaian interest with the likes of Harrison Afful, Jonathan Mensah and Lalas Abubakar all available for selection.

The Black Stars of Ghana have been drawn alongside defending champions Cameroon,  Benin and Guinea Bissau in Group F of ...
04/12/2019

The Black Stars of Ghana have been drawn alongside defending champions Cameroon, Benin and Guinea Bissau in Group F of the Egypt 2019 Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for this summer!

This comes with enough blessings. Thumbs up to Jonathan Mensah and his Foundation!!!
03/28/2019
How Mensah helps orphans in Ghana | Beyond the Stands pres. by Wells Fargo

This comes with enough blessings. Thumbs up to Jonathan Mensah and his Foundation!!!

Beyond the Stands goes international as host Jillian Sakovits accepts an invitation from Columbus Crew defender Jonathan Mensah to join him in Accra, Ghana to experience first-hand how the Jonathan Mensah Foundation helps children and orphans in his hometown.Jonathan’s work in Ghana is never

A day David Accam outpaced Ghanaian compatriots Harrison Afful and Jonathan Mensah to break his goal-scoring jix for Phi...
03/24/2019
HIGHLIGHTS: Philadelphia Union vs. Columbus Crew SC | March 23, 2019

A day David Accam outpaced Ghanaian compatriots Harrison Afful and Jonathan Mensah to break his goal-scoring jix for Philadelphia Union who defeated Columbus Crew 3-0!

He also dedicated his brace to his late father who died recently.

Talen Energy Stadium is the site of this Eastern Conference matchup. With two wins and a draw, Columbus Crew SC head to Chester in-form and with momentum as they try to take the lead in the Eastern Conference. The Philadelphia Union are the complete opposite with one draw and two losses so they will

01/12/2019
Atlanta United FC

Young Ghanaian midfielder Anderson Asiedu shows gratitude to MLS Champions Atlanta United for drafting him into the team!

"I can't wait to prove who I am"

Anderson Asiedu's energy stole the show at yesterday's MLS SuperDraft

GHANA'S ROY BOATENG AND ANDERSON ASIEDU DRAFTED NO. 16 AND 24 RESPECTIVELY AT THE 2018 MLS SUPERDRAFT! The 2018 Major Le...
01/12/2019

GHANA'S ROY BOATENG AND ANDERSON ASIEDU DRAFTED NO. 16 AND 24 RESPECTIVELY AT THE 2018 MLS SUPERDRAFT!

The 2018 Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft was a dream come true for two young Ghanaians who were among the first 24 players drafted by various MLS clubs.

Defender Roy Boateng, a product of University of California, Davis, and midfielder Anderson Asiedu of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), were drafted by New York Red Bulls and Atlanta United respectively.

The Red Bulls acquired Boateng from Cincinnati via a trade as the No. 16 overall pick. The four-year letterman at UC Davis started 81 of the 84 possible matches for the Aggies in four seasons.

Boateng was named a two-time All-Far West Region selection by United Soccer Coaches and he is currently the reigning two-time Big West Defensive Player of the Year.

Atlanta United selected Anderson Asiedu with the No. 24 overall pick.

Asiedu, 22, is a native of Dormaa Ahenkro, Ghana and played collegiately at UCLA and Monmouth University. He was a two-time All-Pac 12 Conference player and totaled four assists and three goals in two seasons with the Bruins.

He was named MVP of the 2019 MLS Combine. Before transferring to UCLA, he was named All-MAAC in his two seasons with Monmouth where he recorded five assists and two goals.

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GHANAIAN DEFENDER KOFI OPARE EARNS PLAUDITS FROM DC UNITED COACH! Coach of DC United Ben Olsen has acknowledged that the steady progress of Ghanaian defender Kofi Opare in the ongoing Major League Soccer (MLS) is a major boost to their revival. Opare, 26, has worked himself into United’s starting lineup and has played 21 games this season, leading the team with 16 blocked shots and duels won percentage. The Ghanaian defender was selected among the Week 22 best XI after he scored for DC United in their 1-1 tie with Toronto FC and recently notched his first career assist, winning a header from a Lloyd Sam cross right into the path of Luciano Acosta for the game winner against the New England Revolution on August 26. He also marshaled DC’s defense when they garnered three straight victories in their bid to climb up the log. The Ghanaian is second in the league for headed shots (20) behind the US Men’s National Team’s all-time leading scorer, Clint Dempsey (23). “He’s a good defender and he’s good on set pieces. I think he has an understanding of the league now and how to go against some of the dynamic attacking players in MLS”, coach Olsen told dcunited.com. United’s coach added that “we’re looking for guys like Kofi [Opare] and younger guys to progress each year, get better and ultimately win starting spots. “The important thing for Kofi now is to take this spot and continue to develop into a good center back in this league,” Olsen concluded. http://ghsoccerus.net/news_ghanasoccer.php