New York City FC this winter drafted Kwame Awuah with the 16th overall pick in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft, and now the 21-year old Canadian has signed a contract with his new team.
Awuah will occupy a domestic roster spot as part of the Generation adidas Canada initiative — a joint task force between MLS and the Canadian Soccer Association, pending receipt of his P1 Visa and ITC.
“I’m glad to make it official and relieved,” he told NYCFC.com: “The guys have brought me in and welcomed me and I already feel as though it’s my home.”
Taking full advantage of his first time in a professional soccer environment, Awuah said he has spent the preseason learning from the experienced players along with the team’s coaching staff.
“I always look forward to the next training session and the next game, so I’m just taking it day by day and learning as much as possible,” he said. “Then, when the next opportunity arises hopefully I can show the fans and the coaching staff what I can do.”
NYCFC head coach Patrick Vieira recalled Awuah catching the attention of team officials during the MLS Combine. “We believed he was good enough to compete for a place in our first-team and in preseason he’s just confirmed what we saw there,” he said.
Awuah was NYCFC’s second acquisition of the MLS SuperDraft in Los Angeles in January after the club traded up to the 16th round, purchasing Seattle Sounders’ pick for $75,000 in General Allocation Money.
Adept at playing at left-back or in midfield, Awuah, started all 19 games for the University of Connecticut Huskies in 2016 as a senior, scoring two goals and assisting seven.