Virginia junior Edward Opoku became the third product of Ghana's Right to Dream program to enter MLS's 2018 Generation adidas when he signed with the league as the adidas MLS Combine
started in Florida.
In three seasons, Opoku had 16 goals and nine
assists for Virginia. He could go in the top half of the first round of the MLS draft. Here's the assessment a college scout provided to Soccer America:
quick and has a knack for finishing that is top tier. He is a legit top 10-12 pick. Needs to learn how to free himself up and not rely simply on dribbling and going by defenders off the dribble. But
he does that very well."
In 2015, Opoku toldWhitney
Reid of the Daily Progress about his early years in the village of Odumase, where he'd spend all day playing soccer in his bare feet and at the age of 6 started collecting money and wagering
it all on the marathon games he played in.
Opoku left home when he was 7 to play soccer in a neighboring town where he was provided money to send back to his family, but he didn't own a
pair of soccer shoes when he tried out for Right to Dream, a residential academy, at the age of 10. At 14, he moved to the Millbrook School, a New York boarding school.
Opoku had never
had a birthday party until he was 18. “He didn’t really know what a birthday was,” Christina Lang, one of Opoku’s surrogate parents, told the Daily Progress. “He
didn’t know that you get presents, that you have a cake and you blow out the candles and everybody sings ‘Happy Birthday.’ He had just sort of heard about it. He was just so excited.
He was thrilled. Thrilled.”
Opoku joins fellow Dreamers Francis Atuahene (Michigan), who attended Hotchkiss School, and Ema Twumasi (Wake Forest), entered the Kent
School, in the 2018 GA Class. Both Atuahane and Twumasi could also go high in
the 2018 SuperDraft.
The three 2018 GAs from Ghana follow Emmanuel Boateng, Joshua Yaro and Abu Danladi. Boateng started out his pro career in Sweden before
joining the LA Galaxy in 2016. Yaro was the No. 2 pick in the 2016 SuperDraft while Danladi went No. 1 last year.