Kwadwo Poku officially transfers from NYCFC to Miami FC

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by CHRISTIAN ARAOS

New York City FC confirmed the sale of Kwadwo Poku to Miami FC Wednesday for an undisclosed fee.

Sources tell Empire of Soccer that fee is $700,000 with Poku set to make about $500,000 per year in salary with bonuses added. SI.com’s Grant Wahl, however, reports the fee to be $750,000.

“This is a move that really makes sense for us,” sporting director Claudio Reyna said. “Miami came with a significant offer that will give us options in the summer transfer window and beyond. We know and understand that at this stage of his career playing regular first team football is very important to Poku.”

Poku made 34 appearances at NYCFC scoring five goals and recording seven assists.

According to MLS Roster Rules, NYCFC would receive about $460,000 of that fee which can be used as allocation money to pay transfer fees or buy down the budget charge of contracts. The remaining cash would go to MLS. Since the fee is greater than $500,000, NYCFC does not retain Right of First Refusal should Poku return to MLS.

Poku made seven appearances this season for NYCFC, playing all of 268 minutes. He scored in their draw against Toronto FC on May 18 but only started one more game after that—the loss to the New York Cosmos where head coach Patrick Vieira implicitly criticized his decision-making. While his run of form last season proved to be fleeting, the excitement generated reinvigorated the team’s moribund first season.

“We’d like to thank Poku for his contribution to the building of New York City FC on and off the pitch,” Reyna said. “Everyone at the club wishes him the very best in this next chapter of his career.”

The 24-year-old Poku returns to the NASL after less than 18 months. He last played in that league with the Atlanta Silverbacks scoring twice in 25 appearances for the now defunct club in 2014. Poku now joins an NASL expansion team looking to turnaround from a spring season in which it finished last with one win in ten matches.

“We are thrilled to be bringing on a player like Poku onto our roster,” Miami FC technical director Mauro Pederzoli said. “Poku adds a physical presence to our attack and we believe he will help us achieve our goals for the fall season.”