by JACK HAZZARD
New York City FC announced the signing of draft pick Kwame Awuah on Monday.
Awuah, a 21-year-old Canadian, was the 16th pick over all in the first round of the 2017 MLS draft. Awuah will take up a domestic roster spot because he is part of Generation Adidas Canada initiative as he awaits his P1 visa and international transfer certificate (ITC).
The University of Connecticut alum was drafted by NYCFC after the club traded up, purchasing the pick from Seattle for $75,000 in general allocation money.
Awuah told NYCFC.com: “I’m glad to make it official and relieved. The guys have brought me in and welcome me and I already feel as though it’s my home.
“There’s a lot of experienced players here and I’m learning a lot from them. It’s my first time in a professional environment for this preseason and I think I’m doing well just trying to take on as much information as I can from the coaching staff and the veterans of the team.
NYCFC Coach Patrick Vieira said: “Going back to the MLS combine we saw something in Kwame that we believed was good enough to compete for a place in our first-team and in preseason he’s just confirmed what we saw there.
“We’re happy to offer him a contract and we’re happy that he accepted that contract. He’s a young player who needs to develop some parts in his game but he’s a really exciting footballer who is full of energy and has an unbelievable willingness to learn.”