Francis Atuahene: FC Dallas draft makes dream a reality
Francis Atuahene, the latest Ghanaian addition to Major League Soccer, hopes that he can adapt quickly to life at FC Dallas and is determined to use his new platform as as stepping stone to break into the Black Stars set up.
The 21-year old forward, who was drafted to the Toros over the weekend, has become the latest Right To Dream Academy Ghana graduate to join up with an MLS team.
In signing for FC Dallas, he follows in the footsteps of Philadelphia Union new boy David Accam and Emmanuel Boateng at Los Angeles Galaxy.
Boateng, who also joins a Ghanaian contingent in the States containing Harrison Afful and Latif Blessing, is delighted to have made such a major step in his career.
"My journey to MLS started way back in Ghana at Right to Dream," he told KweséESPN, "but even before then I had always wanted to be professional player.
"MLS has made that dream a reality. I'm just happy and excited that the MLS has made it possible.
"There are many challenges I've had to deal with," Atuahene continued, "especially leaving Ghana and my grandmother back in Techiman so young.
"Now I plan on using my status as professional player and more importantly my education to make a difference in people's lives everywhere, especially Ghana."
The University of Michigan graduate is also clear about his on-field targets for the campaign ahead.
"My goal this season is adapt quickly to the team and work hard everyday to earn my spot in the team," he continued. "With hard work and determination I will develop as player, which will ultimately give me the opportunity to be on the field."
Looking further forward, Atuahene is targeting an international call-up, and believes a berth with the Black Stars isn't beyond him if he settles at his new club.
"At international level, I want to one day represent Ghana at the highest level," he concluded, "but for now, my ambitions are to adapt quickly to my new club and league, and help FC Dallas wins championships."