Vieira: Poku Sale Based On Football

PokuDuring New York City FC’s inaugural season, Kwadwo Poku became something of a cult hero with the team’s supporters, and had a positive impact on the field for then-head coach Jason Kreis.

But despite Poku’s popularity with those in the Yankee Stadium stands and his success on the pitch, the Ghanaian midfielder is no longer in powder blue and is now in South Florida with Miami FC of the North American Soccer League.

In his first season with NYC FC, Poku had 4 goals and 7 assists, and was named to Major League Soccer’s 24 Under 24. This season, however, the story was different. Poku saw limited playing time under new Head Coach Patrick Vieira and had only 1 goal.

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While the sale of Poku to Miami caught some by surprise, Vieira said the decision to sell was based strictly on football.

In a conference call prior to his team’s July 3 match with rival New York Red Bulls, Vieira said the deal is good for both sides. “It will be good for Poku because he will be playing every week,” he said. “It will be good for us as a football club because we received an offer we couldn’t refuse.”

While the fee received reportedly was “significant,” specifics on the dollar amount were not shared. But the funds received will provide NYC FC an opportunity to be active in the transfer market.

“We’re going to start talking with Claudio and see which part of the team we really need to improve,” Vieira said, referring to the team’s Sporting Director, Claudio Reyna. “But yes, we need to improve the team.”