He arrived in Florida. He tagged along to Ecuador. He made it to Arizona. Today, rookie Kwame Awuah’s work has paid off: he’s the newest member of NYCFC.
The 21 year old Canadian arrived from the Connecticut Huskies as the sixteenth overall pick in January’s MLS SuperDraft. New York City had paid $75,000 in allocation funds to Seattle to buy back the pick, which they had forfeited as a condition of Kwadwo Poku’s sale last year (the Sounders had held the Slayin’ Ghanaian’s original MLS rights). Given the expenditure, it’s no great surprise that Awuah has found his way onto the senior roster.
He’s been widely projected as a left fullback at the professional level, but can add depth in midfield as well. Two weeks back in Guayaquil, he provided the assist on the Sean Okoli goal that ignited a successful fightback against hosts CS Emelec.
Said NYCFC gaffer Patrick Vieira in the club’s official press release: “Going back to the MLS Combine we saw something in Kwame that we believed was good enough to compete for a place in our first-team and in preseason he’s just confirmed what we saw there. He’s a really exciting footballer who is full of energy and has an unbelievable willingness to learn.”
“He has a very good understanding of the game and you can see in preseason how well he’s adapted to the professional environment,” added Sporting Director Claudio Reyna. “He looks like he belongs.”
Who knows what awaits the young man from Toronto? In any event, today’s announcement is one more step in a youthful direction for New York City FC. With the regular season opener less than two weeks away, that’s a welcome thing indeed.