Kwadwo Poku (footballer, born 1992)

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Kwadwo Poku
Personal information
Full name Kwadwo Poku
Date of birth (1992-02-19) 19 February 1992 (age 27)
Place of birth Kumasi, Ghana
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Tampa Bay Rowdies
Number 88
Youth career
Asante Kotoko SC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Georgia Revolution
2014 Atlanta Silverbacks 25 (2)
2015–2016 New York City FC 34 (5)
2015Wilmington Hammerheads (loan) 1 (0)
2016–2018 Miami FC 50 (13)
2018 Anzhi Makhachkala 3 (0)
2018– Tampa Bay Rowdies 16 (1)
National team
2015–2018 Ghana 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:34, 15 October 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 July 2017

Kwadwo Poku (born 19 February 1992) is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the USL Championship.

Club career[edit]

Youth[edit]

Poku played in the youth system of his hometown club, Asante Kotoko SC, in Kumasi, Ghana.[1]

Georgia Revolution[edit]

In late 2010, Poku moved to the USA and joined 4th division side Georgia Revolution ahead of their 2011 season.[1] Playing as a striker in the 2012 and 2013 NPSL seasons Poku was his teams top scorer and in the 2013 season he also contributed a team-high seven assists. In May 2013, he scored a hat-trick in a 4-3 win over Real Colorado Foxes in the first round of the US Open Cup.[2]

Atlanta Silverbacks[edit]

Poku moved to the Atlanta Silverbacks of the NASL on January 24, 2014.[3] During his time at the club he made 25 appearances, scoring twice, including a winning goal in the 91st minute against MLS side Real Salt Lake in the fourth round of the US Open Cup. Silverbacks manager and technical director Eric Wynalda described Poku as one of the best players in NASL, adding that he "might be too good for the MLS too".[4]

New York City FC[edit]

In January 2015, Poku was signed by MLS expansion side New York City FC after they acquired Poku's MLS rights from Seattle Sounders FC in exchange for a 2017 MLS SuperDraft pick.[5] Poku quickly became a fan favourite at New York City for his eye catching performances, he was named to the MLS 24 under 24 at the end of the 2015 season.[6]

Miami FC[edit]

After failing to earn consistent playing time under new coach Patrick Vieira, he was sold to Miami FC of the NASL in late June 2016, for a reported fee of $700,000.[7][8]

Anzhi Makhachkala[edit]

On 17 January 2018, Poku signed for Russian club FC Anzhi Makhachkala until 31 May 2020.[9]

Tampa Bay Rowdies[edit]

On 26 June 2018, Pokus returned to the United States and signed with USL team Tampa Bay Rowdies.[10] He scored his first goal for the team on 25 August 2018 in a 1–2 against FC Cincinnati.[11]

International career[edit]

During August 2015, Poku showed interest in playing international football for both Ghana and the United States national teams.[12][13] United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann reportedly approached Poku and asked him to switch nationality following his impressive performance in MLS for New York City FC however Poku does not have US citizenship.[14]

On 10 October 2015, Poku received his first call up from Ghana for a friendly against Canada. Poku played 8 minutes after being subbed on in a 1-1 draw.[14]

Poku holds a U.S. green card which also qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS and NASL roster purposes.[15]

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 14 October 2018[16]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Atlanta Silverbacks 2014 NASL 25 2 3 1 28 3
Wilmington Hammerheads 2015 USL 1 0 0 0 1 0
New York City 2015 MLS 27 4 1 2 28 6
2016 7 1 1 0 8 1
Total 34 5 2 2 - - - - 36 7
Miami 2016 NASL 20 6 0 0 20 6
2017 30 7 5 2 35 9
Total 50 13 5 2 - - - - 55 15
Anzhi Makhachkala 2017–18 Russian Premier League 3 0 0 0 1 1 4 1
Tampa Bay Rowdies 2018 USL 16 1 0 0 16 1
Career total 129 21 10 5 0 0 1 1 140 27

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kristan Heneage. "MLS may have its own Yaya Touré in New York FC's Kwadwo Poku | Football". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-23.
  2. ^ "Revs Defeat Colorado Foxes in 1st Round of Open Cup - Georgia Revolution". Garevolution.com. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-06-23.
  3. ^ "Kwadwo Poku Signs With the Atlanta Silverbacks - Georgia Revolution". Garevolution.com. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-06-23.
  4. ^ "Eric Wynalda: Klinsmann Will Probably Be Fired If US Doesn't Win a World Cup Game". World Soccer Talk. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  5. ^ "New York City FC Acquire Midfielder Kwadwo Poku From Atlanta". New York City FC. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Kwadwo Poku has emerged as a star among NYCFCs stars". Espn Fc. 2015-08-22. Retrieved 2016-06-23.
  7. ^ "Poku and the Age of Panic in the NASL". FiftyFive.one. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  8. ^ Christian Araos (2016-06-26). "Sources: Kwadwo Poku sold to Miami FC". Empire of Soccer. Retrieved 2016-06-26.
  9. ^ В «Анжи» перешёл Квадво Поку (in Russian). FC Anzhi Makhachkala. 17 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Rowdies Sign Dynamic Midfielder Kwadwo Poku". rowdiessoccer.com. Tampa Bay Rowdies. 26 June 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Tampa Bay vs. Cincinnati 1 - 2". soccerway.com. Perform Group. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  12. ^ "New York City FC midfielder Poku ready for Ghana call up". Goal. 20 August 2015.
  13. ^ "Kwadwo Poku says he wants to play for the USMNT". starsandstripesfc.com. 28 August 2015.
  14. ^ a b "New York City's Kwadwo Poku latest to receive Black Stars call-up for Ghana friendly". Ghanasportsonline.com. 2015-10-10. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-06-23.
  15. ^ Jeff Carlisle (22 August 2015). "Kwadwo Poku has emerged as a star among NYCFC's stars". ESPNFC.com. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  16. ^ "K.Poku". soccerway.com. Soccerway. Retrieved 27 February 2019.

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