MLS: 87 African players involved


87 African and African-born players will join MLS club rosters at the start of the 2022 season, a substantial increase of 20 from the previous season, which represents a new all-time high. Moreover, this is the first time that 30 African countries have been represented in the Garber circuit. We find players from countries such as Gabon, Burkina Faso and Zambia for the first time in the North American first division.

We also note the return of Sierra Leonean striker Kei Kamara, who recently signed a contract with CF Montreal. The latter is currently the top African scorer in the history of MLS with 130 goals over 14 seasons played, but also the fifth best in the history of the league when he has only five goals to score for achieve third place. Can he achieve this in 2022 with the Quebec club?

We should also mention the somewhat unexpected transfer of one of the best African players in MLS in recent years, the Cape Verdean midfielder Jamiro Monteiro, at the San José Earthquakes during the off-season. The largest contingents are those of Ghana (16 players), Nigeria (10), Senegal (7) and Cameroon (6). Only the Orlando City FC club has no African players in its squad.

The committed Africans, club by club:

Atlanta United FC: Machop Chol (MA-SUD).

Austin F.C.: Moussa Djitté (A-SEN), Danny Hoesen (A-MRC).

Charlotte F.C.: Harrison Afful (D-GHA), Derrick Jones (M-GHA), Christian Makoun (D-CAM).

Chicago Fire: Chinonso Offor (A-NGA).

Cincinnati F.C.: Isaac Atanga (A-GHA), Dominique Badji (A-SEN).

Colorado Rapids: Lalas Abubakar (D-GHA), Aboubacar Keita (D-GUI), Philip Mayaka (M-KEN), Dantouma “Yaya” Touré (A-GUI).

Columbus Crew: Jalil Anibaba (D-NGA), James Igbekeme (A-NGA)Jonathan Mensah (D-GHA), Yaw Yeboah (A-GHA).

DC United: Sofiane Djeffal (M-ALG)Moses Nyeman (M-LIB), Chris Odoi-Atsem (D-GHA), Gaoussou Samake (D-CIV).

FC Dallas: Eddie Munjoma (D-ZIM), Nanu (A-GNB), Tsiki Ntsabeleng (A-RSA), Nkosi Tafari (D-ETH)Ema Twumasi (A-GHA).

Houston Dynamo: Teenage Lingani Hadebe (D-ZIM).

Inter-Miami: Mohammed “Mo” Adams (M-ERY), Clement Diop (G-SEN), Aimé Mabika (D-ZAM).

Kansas City Sporting: Gadi Kinda (M-ETH), Logan Ndenbe (D-CAM).

Los Angeles F.C.: Latif Blessing (A-GHA), Mamadou Fall (D-SEN)Sebastien Ibeagha (D-NGA), Kwadwo Opoku (A-GHA), Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (A-LBY), Mohamed Traore (D-SEN).

Los Angeles Galaxy: Kevin Cabral (A-CPV), Sega Coulibaly (D-MLI)Samuel Grandsir (A-SEN), Farai Mutatu (F-ZIM), Rayan Raveloson (M-MAD) (Photo).

Minnesota United F.C.: Abu Danladi (A-GHA), Bakaye Dibassy (D-MLI), Bongokuhle Hlongwane (A-RSA)Nabilai Kibunguchy (D-KEN), Romain Metanire (D-MDG), Tani Oluwaseyi (MA-NGA), Patrick Weah (A-LIB).

CF Montreal: Jean-Aniel Assi (M-CIV), Ahmed Hamdy (A-EGY), Sunusi Ibrahim (A-NGA), Kei Kamara (A-SLE), Jojea Kwizera (M-DRC)Victor Wanyama (M-KEN), Rida Zouhir (M-MRC).

Nashville SC: Brian Anunga (M-CAM), Handwalla Bwana (M-KEN-SOM), Irakoze Donasiyano (M-TAN), Aké Arnaud Loba (A-CIV)Hany Mukhtar (M-SUD).

New England Revolution: Emmanuel Boateng (M-GHA), Wilfrid Kaptoum (M-CAM), Edward Kizza (A-OUG).

New York City FC: Kingsford Adjei (A-GHA), Samuel Afriyie Owusu (D-GHA), El Mehdi Youssoufi (A-MRC)Gedion Zelalem (M-ETH).

New York Red Bulls: Serge Ngoma (A-GAB), Omar Sowe (A-GMB).

Orlando City SC: None.

Philadelphia Union: Olivier Mbaizo (D-CAM).

Portland Timbers: Tega Ikoba (A-NGA)Larrys Mabiala (D-DRC).

Real Salt Lake City: Axel Kei (A-CIV).

San Jose Earthquakes: George Asomani (M-GHA), Ousseni Bouda (A-BFA), Siad Haji (A-SOM), Jamiro Monteiro (M-CPV).

Seattle Sounders FC: Samuel Oluwabukunmi Adeniran (A-NGA), Abdoulaye Cissoko (D-SEN)Nouhou Tolo (D-CAM).

Toronto FC: Ifunanyachi Achara (A-NGA), Chris Mavinga (D-DRC).

Vancouver Whitecaps: Janio Bikel (M-GNB), David Egbo (A-NGA), Leonard Owusu (M-GHA).

This list includes nationals and binationals (or trinationals) still selectable by their country of origin in Africa. In bold, the recruits of the last transfer window.



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