NYCFC fan favorite Kwadwo Poku is taking his talents to South Beach. New York City FC have reportedly sold the Ghanaian midfielder to Miami FC of the North American Soccer League. According to Grant Wahl, the transfer is a whopping $750,000. According to Empire of Soccer, Poku’s salary will also increase fivefold, to $300-350k. Poku joins a Miami side that hasn't been shy about spending this year, having already added Michael Lahoud and Richie Ryan for a combined figure of approximately $1M.
There were numerous reports last year that Poku was nearly traded to the Philadelphia Union but that deal fell through. After scoring 4 goals and adding 7 assists in 2015, Poku spent more time on the bench as he never seemed to fit in with Jason Kreis’ plans. After scoring one goal this season and playing just 268 minutes, it was obvious he couldn’t break into new boss Patrick Vieira’s lineup either.
The final straw may have come after Vieira had some harsh words for Poku (and the team) after New York City FC’s Lamar Hunt US Open Cup loss to the New York Cosmos. Vieira started Poku up front along with Khiry Shelton and Patrick Mullins and said the trio did not show enough humility in the attacking third. The NYCFC boss added, “If you don’t show [humility], you have to be [like] Monsieur Ronaldo, to have the quality to do it. When you don’t have the quality to do it, you have to keep the game simple, be humble and work hard for the team. When we don’t do it, we don’t have any chance to win games.”
There have also been rumblings on social media that NYCFC are looking to offload Mix Diskerud as well. Diskerud, like Poku, was not in the 18 for the team’s 2-0 win in Seattle Saturday. The emergence of rookie Jack Harrison has likely helped make the decision to possibly dump 2 midfielders that much easier. New York City are currently in second place in the Eastern Conference, 2 points behind leaders Philadelphia Union, with a New York Derby against the Red Bulls coming up Sunday at Yankee Stadium.