Transfer: Ghana striker David Accam joins Philadelphia Union from Chicago Fire


Chicago Fire star David Accam has joined MLS side Philadelphia Union for the upcoming campaign.

The Ghana striker has been traded by Fire where he spent three successful years.

Union acquired Accam in exchange for US$ 1.2 million in combined Allocation Money.

Accam, 27, scored a total of 33 goals in 79 league matches for the Chicago-based side.

Union’s Twitter account on Friday announced: ”TRADE ALERT: @PhilaUnion has acquired forward @iamdavidaccam from @ChicagoFire. Welcome to the Union, David! #DOOP.”

“Today’s acquisition of David Accam marks an exciting moment for our club, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Philadelphia Union,” said Union Sporting Director Earnie Stewart. “David possesses electrifying speed and skill to go along with a nose for goal comparable to the very best in MLS. We believe him to be a perfect fit as we continue to build our attacking corps. He provides an instant boost on the wing and we look forward to integrating him with our team as soon as possible.”

Accam has been one of the best attackers in Major League Soccer since joining the league. Since the beginning of the 2015 season, his 33 total goals ranks 13th among all players, one ahead of new teammate CJ Sapong. He has completed 198 dribbles over that span, second-most in MLS (trailing only Ignacio Piatti, 204), and his 16 shots from fast breaks also ranks second (behind only Fanendo Adi, 17).

Accam was linked with a return to Europe but has decided to spend another season in the MLS.

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