There has been a steady influx of players coming to MLS from African nations in the past five to 10 seasons. What is more impressive is that these players are becoming the forefront of several MLS teams.
One of the best examples of these players would be Columbus Crew forward Dominic Oduro. His addition to the Crew in 2013 has been nothing but positive, and now that he has a season of experience with the team, he is primed for a breakout season.
Since joining the league via the Super Draft back in 2006 with F.C. Dallas, Oduro has become known as one of the fastest players in the league. Speed is not everything when it comes to playing soccer, but it certainly is helpful when playing forward, or even on the outside wing.
To date, Oduro has scored 46 goals and recorded 21 assists with five different teams. Oduro’s best season came in 2013, as he tallied 13 goals and four assists. He finished fifth in the league in scoring, tied with New England Revolution forward Diego Fagundez. His 13 goals were good enough to led the Crew in scoring, thus allowing him to win the Budweiser Golden Boot for Columbus.
Columbus finished eighth in the Eastern Conference with 41 points during the 2013 season. Many teams have already written off the Crew for 2014, especially if you consider that the team has not been a dominate force in the league since winning MLS Cup in 2008.
What people may not know is that the Crew has started building a serious MLS Cup contender team. The addition of Michael Parkhurst was brilliant on numerous levels, along with goal keeper Steve Clark. On the offensive side of the ball, Oduro will be lining up with Hector Jimenez and Daniel Paladini supporting him from the midfield.
With the culmination of these new players alongside the already dangerous talent of Federico Higuain and Oduro, the Crew will have no problem scoring goals this coming season. Oduro will be the main focus of attack for Columbus, and if everything goes well, he could be looking at an MLS MVP consideration.