The Ghanaian hopes to make an instant impact for his new side ahead of the new season
Ghana striker David Accam has aimed at repaying the faith shown in him by Philadelphia Union after he was unveiled on Wednesday following his move from Chicago Fire.
The 26-year-old who was adjudged Fire’s Player of the Season in 2015 and 2016 joined Philadelphia around $1.2 million despite his desire to play in Europe.
He was linked with a move to Premier League side Stoke City but the deal fell through after he failed to land a work permit.
“I want to thank the Philadelphia Union ownership group, Earnie, Jim and their team for putting their faith in me and bringing me here. It means a lot to me and I will repay them through hard work on the pitch,” Accam posted on his Instagram page.
“I’m aware of the culture here – including the academy education and development philosophy – which is close to my heart. The stadium atmosphere is great, and training facility and staff set up is fantastic.
“I have wanted to play somewhere with identity and culture for a long time, and I really have that here and I already understand what it means to be part of the family – the welcome from the Sons of Ben at the airport was amazing – and everyone working at the club has been great.”
“I want to say thanks to the fans of Chicago Fire and to individually thank Pauno for pushing me everyday to be a better player – I will always be grateful for that. Thanks also to the players and staff during my time in Chicago for their friendship and support,” he opined.
He added: “But now I am looking forward to putting everything into helping the Philadelphia Union – I signed a long term contract with MLS last summer to take me to the end of 2020, I am fully fit and healthy now after injuries towards the end of last season, and I will drive myself to be a better player and improve the team.”
“I am really excited to be fully focused on the Philadelphia Union and cannot wait to get started.”
Accam who arrived in the United States from Swedish side Helsingborg IF, was able to score 33 goals in 78 appearances.