Ghanaian midfielder Reuben Ayarna has joined USL side Vermont Green Football Club as a player-coach, the club has announced.
The 35-year-old will become a part of Adam Pfeifer’s technical staff, while also being registered to compete in league competition as a player.
The former KUPS defensive midfielder, who holds Ghanaian and Swedish citizenship, attended Boston College from 2005 to 2008 where Pfeifer was working as the assistant coach of the team. After his time at Boston College, he moved to Europe to play professionally.
Reuben Ayarna joins Vermont Green FC as a player-coach. 🇬🇭🇸🇪
The Accra, Ghana native will join Adam Pfeifer’s technical staff and bring European professional experience to the club’s roster. @Ayarna_85 ✍️
Pending league & federation approval. pic.twitter.com/S2TVAwv4Dx
— Vermont Green FC (@VermontGreenFC) April 26, 2022
“We’re excited to have this unique opportunity with Reuben as a leader on the field while also contributing as a coach on my staff. His pedigree and experience will be invaluable to Vermont Green FC in our first season,” said Head Coach & Sporting Director Adam Pfeifer.
Ayarna played professionally in Sweden from 2008 to 2015, and in Finland from 2016-2019, scoring 22 goals in 284 appearances as a defensive midfielder. In his final year as a professional, Ayarna won the Finnish top-flight league championship with KuPS from Kuopio, Finland.
“I’m very excited to join Vermont Green FC in their inaugural season. It’s a great opportunity to work with Adam Pfeifer again and also help mentor the young players to be the best that they can be in their football career,” said Reuben Ayarna.
Vermont Green FC was officially announced as a USL League 2 club on October 12, 2021, and will play home games at the University of Vermont’s Virtue Field.