David Accam

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David Accam
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Accam playing for Ghana in 2015
Personal information
Date of birth (1990-09-28) 28 September 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Columbus Crew SC
Number 29
Youth career
2004–2008 Right to Dream Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Ledbury Town 8 (5)
2010–2011 Evesham United 20 (10)
2010–2011Forest Green Rovers (dual registration) 0 (0)
2012 Östersunds FK 14 (9)
2012–2014 Helsingborgs 62 (30)
2015–2017 Chicago Fire 78 (33)
2018–2019 Philadelphia Union 31 (5)
2019– Columbus Crew SC 14 (2)
National team
2014– Ghana 11 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 August 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 July 2017

David Accam (born 28 September 1990) is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Major League Soccer club Columbus Crew SC and the Ghana national team. He will join fellow MLS club Nashville SC on 1 January 2020.

Club career[edit]

Ghana[edit]

Accam did not belong to a club during the first twelve years of his life. He instead spent his time playing with friends on gravel pitches in the parks of Accra. There, he was spotted by a scout from Ghana-based Right to Dream Academy, where he would spend four years.[1]

England[edit]

In 2008 Accam received a three-year scholarship to study at Hartpury College in England.[1] He combined his time there with playing in the English lower leagues. After signing for English club Ledbury Town, Accam scored on his debut in December 2009.[2] He then played for English club Evesham United during the 2010–11 season while also featuring in the reserve team squad at Forest Green Rovers. The fact that Accam was in England on a student visa prevented him from playing for their first team, or any club in a higher division.[3][4][5]

After his time at Evesham United he took part in the Nike "The Chance" competition where he was one of eight winners who got to spend the 2011–2012 season with Nike Football Academy.[6]

Sweden[edit]

Accam playing for Helsingborg in the 2012 Allsvenskan.

In March 2012 Accam signed for Swedish third tier side Östersund.[7] English manager Graham Potter was in charge of the club and he had already signed two other Ghanaians who were studying with Accam at Hartpury College. And after scouting him at the Nike Academy he brought Accam with him back to Sweden.[8] Accam became an immediate success with his new team and several Allsvenskan clubs became interested in signing him for the summer transfer window.[9]

Accam was then signed by Allsvenskan club Helsingborg in August 2012, and was due to be loaned back to Östersund for the remainder of the season, but was recalled by Helsingborg for an upcoming Champions League qualifying match against Celtic.[10][11] The 2 million SEK transfer fee paid by Helsingborg was the highest ever for a player from the Swedish third tier.[1]

After scoring seventeen goals in twenty-six appearances, the club announced that Accam would be leaving Helsingborg to pursue opportunities elsewhere.[12] After he made the announcement, Accam was linked with a move away from Tigres,[13] Eintracht Frankfurt and VfB Stuttgart,[14] a number of English clubs[15] and CSKA Moscow.[16] Accam rejected a move to CSKA Moscow, having insisted that Accam hadn't been in talks with the club.[17]

United States[edit]

Accam with Philadelphia in 2019

Despite initially denying the move,[18] Accam signed as a designated player with Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer on 19 December 2014.[19]

After three seasons with Chicago, on 19 January 2018 Accam was traded to Philadelphia Union in exchange for $900,000 in Targeted Allocation Money and $300,000 in General Allocation Money.[20] In Accam's first season with Philadelphia, he was hampered by injuries and recorded just one goal in 23 appearances.[21] His form picked up in his second season, scoring 4 goals with 2 assists in 11 games, however, he was traded to Columbus Crew SC on 8 May 2019.[21] On 16 May, it was announced that Accam would be traded to Nashville SC, effective 1 January 2020, and would play out the 2019 season with the Crew.[22]

International career[edit]

Accam received his first call-up to the Ghana national team for a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Sudan on 24 March 2013, in which he was an unused substitute.[23][24]

On 12 May 2014, Accam was named in a provisional 26-man squad in the 2014 FIFA World Cup by Ghana manager James Kwesi Appiah.[25] However, on 2 June 2014, Accam was left out of the World Cup squad. Accam expressed his disappointment of being dropped for the World Cup squad.[26]

On 15 November 2014, Accam made his international debut for Ghana in a 1–0 defeat to Uganda in a 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifier, coming on as a 67th-minute substitute for Christian Atsu.[27][28]

He was selected as part of Ghana's preliminary squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.[29]

Personal life[edit]

Accam received his U.S. green card in October 2015 which qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[30]

Accam is a lifelong Arsenal fan and is a devout Christian.[31]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 25 August 2019[32][33]
Club Season League Domestic Cup[a] League Cup Continental Other[b] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ledbury Town 2009–10 WM(R)L Premier Division 8 5 0 0 8+ 5+
Evesham United 2010–11 SFL Premier Division 20 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 20+ 10+
Forest Green Rovers (dual reg.) 2010–11 Conference Premier 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Östersunds FK 2012 Division 1 14 9 1 2 15 11
Helsingborgs 2012 Allsvenskan 10 3 1 0 8[c] 0 0 0 19 3
2013 Allsvenskan 27 10 4 2 31 12
2014 Allsvenskan 25 17 6 6 31 23
Total 62 30 11 8 0 0 8 0 0 0 81 38
Chicago Fire 2015 MLS 24 10 2 0 26 10
2016 24 9 4 5 28 14
2017 30 14 0 0 1 0 31 14
Total 78 33 6 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 85 38
Philadelphia Union 2018 MLS 23 1 5 1 0 0 28 2
2019 8 4 0 0 0 0 8 4
Total 31 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 36 6
Columbus Crew SC 2019 MLS 14 2 2 2 0 0 16 4
Career total 227 94 25+ 18+ 0+ 0+ 8 0 1+ 0+ 261+ 112+
  1. ^ Includes the Svenska Cupen and U.S. Open Cup
  2. ^ Appearance in the MLS Cup Playoffs
  3. ^ Two appearances in the UEFA Champions League, six appearances in the UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of 1 July 2017[34]
Ghana
Year Apps Goals
2014 1 0
2015 5 1
2016 3 0
2017 2 0
Total 11 1
International goals
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 June 2015 Accra Sports Stadium, Accra, Ghana  Mauritius 7–1 7–1 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Dyraste division-1- spelare i historien" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. 15 September 2012.
  2. ^ Mark Stanford (4 December 2009). "Symons calls for errors to be stopped". Worcester News.
  3. ^ "Red tape restricting Rovers' African stars". This is Gloucestershire. 16 July 2010.
  4. ^ Lane, Ellis (30 August 2017). "Former Hartpury student set to join Premiership giants West Ham United". gloucestershirelive.
  5. ^ "David Accam interview: On Common Goal and Africans' right to dream". Sky Sports.
  6. ^ "David Accam wins "The Chance" competition". Myjoyonline.com. 2 February 2011. Archived from the original on 29 January 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ "David Accam, ÖFK senaste nyförvärv". Östersunds FK. 26 March 2012.
  8. ^ "Graham: "Whoever came to the club had to have a real desire for ÖFK"". Östersunds FK. 6 September 2012.
  9. ^ "Halva Allsvenskan jagar Waris vän: "Jag är snabbare"". Eurosport. 5 June 2012.
  10. ^ "Helsingborg recall David Accam for UEFA Champions League play-offs against Celtic". Ghana To Ghana. 13 August 2012. Archived from the original on 27 October 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  11. ^ "Officiellt: David Accam flyttar till Helsingborg redan nu" (in Swedish). Fotbolltransfers.com. 11 August 2012.
  12. ^ "David Accam bekräftar – lämnar Helsingborg" (in Swedish). Expressen.se. 26 October 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  13. ^ "Accam uppges vara nära flytt till Mexiko". Expressen.se (in Swedish). 24 October 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  14. ^ "Stuttgart, Frankfurt lead race to sign Ghana's Accam". Goal.com. 31 October 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  15. ^ "Transfer news: English sides chasing Helsingborgs forward David Accam". Sky Sports. 17 September 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  16. ^ "Accam uppges vara nära CSKA" (in Swedish). Helsingborgs Dagblad. 6 December 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  17. ^ "Accam agent denies CSKA interest". Super Sport. 8 December 2014. Archived from the original on 21 December 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  18. ^ "David Accam: Ghana attacker insists he has not signed for Chicago Fire but knows next destination". Modern Ghana. 16 December 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  19. ^ "Chicago Fire Sign Ghanaian Forward David Accam". Chicago Fire Official Website. 19 December 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  20. ^ https://www.philadelphiaunion.com/post/2018/01/19/philadelphia-union-acquire-designated-player-david-accam
  21. ^ a b Tenorio, Paul. "Sources: Philadelphia Union to trade David Accam to Columbus..." The Athletic. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  22. ^ "Columbus Crew SC acquires General and Targeted Allocation Money in trade with Nashville SC". Columbus Crew. 16 May 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  23. ^ Michael Oti Adjei (12 March 2013). "Emmanuel Frimpong earns first Ghana call-up". BBC Sport.
  24. ^ Kent Mensah (18 December 2013). "Helsingborg winger Accam eyes Ghana recall". Goal.com.
  25. ^ "World Cup 2014: Jeffery Schlupp selected in 26-man squad". BBC Sport. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  26. ^ "Accam petad från Ghanas VM-lag: "Besviken"" (in Swedish). fotbollskanalen.se. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  27. ^ "David Accam: Helsingborg IF Attacker Marks Ghana Debut in Defeat". ghanasoccernet.com. 15 November 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  28. ^ Kwakofi, Edwin (15 November 2014). "Uganda 1-0 Ghana: How the Black Stars players rated". citifmonline.com. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  29. ^ Michael Oti Adjei (24 December 2014). "Nations Cup 2015: No Boateng or Muntari in Ghana squad". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  30. ^ "Green Card: David Accam gets permanent resident status in the United States". Modern Ghana.
  31. ^ Liam Flint (9 April 2017). "Chicago Fire forward, David Accam: "My talent is from God"". Cross the Line. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  32. ^ David Accam at Soccerway. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  33. ^ David Accam at Major League Soccer
  34. ^ "David Accam". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 19 July 2015.

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