NYCFC Notes: Poku discusses transfer rumors, Kreis on Mix, more

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by CHRISTIAN ARAOS

As reported by American soccer pundit Eric Wynalda, Kwadwo Poku is attracting the attention of overseas clubs for a potential offseason move to Europe.

While rumors swirl of a possible move, the newly-capped Ghanaian international said his offseason plans involve preparing himself for next season with NYCFC.

“That’s why we’re playing, people are always going to talk about stuff and are going to put stuff in the media,” Poku said. “It always happens when it really happens when you really put pen to paper but as I said the club, the fans have been great for me. I’m just trying to make history here.”

Poku’s contract situation is unclear after NYCFC signed the midfielder from the Atlanta Silverbacks in January.

Kreis said he does not expect a lot of turnover with the first team and that consistency is vital to the team improving on its 2015 record.

Kreis explains Diskerud’s struggles

Mix Diskerud’s on-field production did not match his production off it. Although his jersey was among the ten most sold in MLS, Diskerud only recorded three goals and an assist in 27 appearances this season.

His poor showing this season has affected his national team status as well. He saw limited time during the CONCACAF Gold Cup and was left off of the roster entirely for the CONCACAF Cup.

Kreis said Diskerud has had an off year.

“Mix is a young player and I think it’s typical for young players to have off years,” Kreis said. “For me, he had a little bit of an off year.”

Kreis, who has also endured some of the hardship that comes with an expansion side, found a common theme with his underperforming star. “This was a difficult team to do well in because everyone is brand new,” he explained. “It’s difficult to do individually well in a team that’s collectively struggling a bit more than others. I would say that the blame is shouldered by the team.

“For Mix, it’s about this is his first year in the league, he’s a young player, it’s about consistency. And the other part is about playing a position that’s more suited for him. He was asked for most of the year to play a position that was maybe not his best position.”

20,000 Founding Members

NYCFC announced they have reached their goal of 20,000 founding members for their first season of play.

Tom Glick, President of New York City FC, said, “We are honored that 20,000 fans have become Founding Members. Our Founding Members are the backbone of our Club and will continue to play a fundamental role moving forward as we further build our Club together.”

David Villa adds, “I’d like to thank the new Founding Members for helping us get to 20,000 and extend a special ‘Welcome to the Club’ from all of us here at New York City FC. To each and every one of the 20,000 Founding Members, it is an honor to have your ongoing support. We Are One.”