MLS Moves: Ghanaian international Ofori gives NYCFC boost in midfield

Ghanaian midfielder Ebenezer Ofori has joined New York City FC on a one-year loan from VfB Stuttgart after failing to keep his spot in the lineup following its promotion to the German Bundesliga.

The 22-year old Ghanaian international had helped Stuttgart win promotion following his move from AIK Stockholm after the 2016 Swedish season. Ofori, who played four 2018 World Cup qualifiers for Ghana, had spent four seasons with AIK.

"I'm really excited to bring in Ebenezer," said NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira. "He's a young player who is looking to improve, he is really dynamic and can cover ground. He's really aggressive, but he's good with the ball, too. I'm really pleased that we managed to bring him to the football club."

Ofori, who was named the best midfielder in the Swedish Allsvenskan in 2015, will give NYCFC competition in central midfield, where Alex Ring held down the starting spot in 2017.

New York City FC:
IN: Anton Tinnerholm (Malmo/SWE, free), Saad Abdul-Salaam (Sporting KC, trade), Brad Stuver (Columbus Crew, trade), Jesus Medina (Club Libertad/PAR), Cedric Hountondji (Gazelec Ajaccio/FRA, free), Ismael Tajouri (Austria Wien/AUT, transfer), Jo Inge Berget (Malmo FF/SWE, free), Ebenezer Ofori (VfB Stuttgart/GER, loan).
OUT: Andrea Pirlo (retired), RJ Allen (Orlando City, trade), Frederic Brillant (D.C. United, trade), Miguel Camargo, Shannon Gomez, Eirik Johansen, Mikey Lopez (San Antonio FC), Jefferson Mena, Sean Okoli, Andraz Struna, John Stertzer, Ethan White, Khiry Shelton (Sporting KC, trade), Jack Harrison (Man. City/ENG, transfer).
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2018 Roster:

Goalkeepers: Sean Johnson, Andre Rawls, Brad Stuver.
Defenders: Saad Abdul-Salaam, Alexander Callens, Maxime Chanot, Cedric Hountondji, Ronald Matarrita, James Sands, Ben Sweat, Anton Tinnerholm.
Midfielders: Kwame Awuah, Yangel Herrera, Tommy McNamara, Jesus Medina, Maxi Moralez, Ebenezer Ofori, Alex Ring, Ismael Tajouri.
Forwards: Jo Inge Berget, Jonathan Lewis, David Villa, Rodney Wallace.

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