Patrick Nyarko

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Patrick Nyarko
Patrick Nyarko Fire.jpg
Personal information
Full name Patrick Nyarko
Date of birth (1986-01-15) January 15, 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth Kumasi, Ghana
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
2005 Kaaseman
2005–2007 Virginia Tech Hokies
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2015 Chicago Fire 196 (19)
2016–2017 D.C. United 40 (5)
National team
2012 Ghana 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:05, 28 October 2017 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 24, 2017

Patrick Nyarko (born January 15, 1986 in Kumasi) is a Ghanaian footballer who last played for D.C. United in Major League Soccer.



After coming to the United States in 2005, Nyarko was a star forward and three-time All-ACC selection for the Virginia Tech Hokies soccer team, which played in the 2007 Division I Men's College Cup, falling to Wake Forest in the Championship Game.

Nyarko, who finished his Virginia Tech career with 31 goals,[1] was called by coach Oliver Weiss, "the most incredible player I've ever coached"[2] and he is considered to be the best soccer player in Virginia Tech history.[1] Nyarko first met Weiss when the coach was on a recruiting trip to Ghana.

Jeff Parke of the Seattle Sounders is defending against attacking midfielder Patrick Nyarko of the Chicago Fire (Saturday, April 28, 2012)

In Nyarko's freshman year, he scored the lone goal of his team's marquee win over then-#4 North Carolina.[3] Tech rose as high as #10 in the polls and earned its second trip in school history to the NCAA tournament. Nyarko was named the Atlantic Coast Conference freshman of the year and was named to the all-ACC team.

Following the 2007 season, in which the Hokies finished #8 in the final AP poll and played in the Championship Game of the 2007 Division I Men's College Cup, Nyarko was named as a finalist for the Hermann Trophy.[4] His accomplishments for the Hokies led to his enshrinement into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.


Nyarko decided to forgo his senior season and enter the 2008 MLS SuperDraft. Widely predicted to be the first pick in the draft, Nyarko was selected 7th overall by the Chicago Fire.[5]

He made his MLS debut on June 15, 2008 against FC Dallas, and scored his first MLS goal on August 2, 2008 against Chivas USA.[6]

After eight seasons with Chicago, Nyarko was traded to D.C. United on January 6, 2016 in exchange for a second round 2016 MLS SuperDraft pick.[7] He missed the last 3 months of the season with concussion.[8] He was out of contract with United following the 2017 season [9] and was considering retirement due to brain trauma due to 8 separate concussions he has suffered from.[10]

International career[edit]

Nyarko was called up to the Ghana squad to face Chile.[11] Nyarko made his Ghana debut against Chile on February 29, 2012 at the PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania.


Nyarko was granted a U.S. green card in 2011. This status qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[12]


  1. ^ a b Berman, Mark (January 15, 2008). "Nyarko taking kicks to MLS". Roanoke Times. Archived from the original on February 22, 2012. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  2. ^ Kilgore, Adam (December 14, 2007). "Hokies' First College Cup a Foreign Concept". Washington Post. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ "Tech Topples No. 4 Tar Heels". October 8, 2005. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "Nyarko named MAC Hermann Trophy Finalist". December 15, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ "Nyarko, like others, needs time to develop". July 8, 2008. Retrieved August 7, 2008.
  6. ^ Fire get goal scorer in Nyarko Archived February 2, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "D.C. United acquire Patrick Nyarko from Chicago Fire". January 6, 2016.
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  9. ^ "D.C. United exercise contract options on six players". November 28, 2017. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
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  11. ^ "Nyarko Late Addition to Ghana Roster for Wednesday friendly vs. Chile". Chicago Fire Soccer Club. February 28, 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  12. ^ Simon Borg (January 30, 2012). "Chicago's Nyarko would welcome switch to USMNT". Retrieved November 13, 2014.

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