Fieldoo is happy to introduce , a striker of the United States, the Ghana youth national team and a Fieldoo power user.
Samuel is a young footballer, or soccer player, as they say in the United States who is only 20 years old and has a very interesting history. He is currently a senior and the captain of the Iona College Men’s soccer team finishing up his last year of school. He has played for the New York Red Bulls since he was 14 and was last playing for their U-23 team. He still has not signed a professional contract with the Red Bulls, because he would like to finish school before his first professional contract, no matter what part of the world it comes from. Hopefully he will sign a very good one with the help of our football network for players and agents. His father still holds a bronze medal from the Olympics in Barcelona in 1992.
Describe yourself as footballer? How do you remember your beginnings? Why football at all?
My father was a professional player for Ashanti Gold SC, which was then called Obuasi Goldfields, and he captained them for many years. He also played for Ghana Black Stars (the national team of Ghana) and played in the Barcelona Olympics where he won the bronze medal. I was born into football and that is what I have always wanted to do. When I first joined the academy team called Golden Stars back home, I was the smallest kid on the team and I always ended up playing with and against older players. This helped me to mature mentally and be quick on the field. As a footballer, I am a speedy player who enjoys a physical battle, I have good feet and love one on one battles and of course I love to score goals.
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You have played for the national team of the United States and Ghana. Of what significance are the appearances for the national team for you and what player from the USA and Ghana national team do you respect the most?
It means a lot to me that I have been able to represent both countries. I was born and raised in Ghana but I am also an American citizen. I have been blessed to wear the red white and blue and to represent my home country as well. My favorite player from Ghana is Asamoah Gyan and I had a chance to train with him last summer. He really is a class- A player. From the States, my favourite player is Jozy Altidore as he came up from the Red Bulls as well and has done very well in football.
How and why did this transition from the United States to the Ghana national team happen?
I played for the United States U-14 national team and later for the U-18 national team. Leading up to the U-20 World Cup in 2013, I had a dilemma of which country to represent and I decided I would go to whichever country came calling first. Ghana was the first to do so and by the time the United States called, I was already committed to Ghana. Unfortunately, I missed out the tournament due to an injury. It was a hard time for me, but injuries are part of football and I am back doing what I love the most at a high level and that is what matters.
Did you ever count how many times you have juggled the ball? What was your highest number?
I actually never counted how many times I juggled the ball. My father used to time me when I juggled and I wasn’t allowed to drop the ball for 5 minutes. Every time I dropped the ball, I had to do 30 push ups at the end. I was not a big fan of push ups at the time so I made sure not to the drop the ball.
Moving from the football to the internet … Why did you decide to join Fieldoo, the Football Career Network for players & agents? Who would you recommend it to?
I decided to join Fieldoo when I came across an ad. I read it and it was very interesting for me. Fieldoo is a great way for players making connections and that is exactly what it has helped me to do. I would recommend Fieldoo to my team-mates who want to play professionally.
Who would be your pick: Leo Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? Why? Would you rather choose some other player from the USA for example?
I would pick Ronaldo because we play on the same position and therefore I am following him more and paying closer attention to his movements when he plays. He does it all, left foot, right foot, heading, he has the speed, skill etc. He is the most complete player for me.
What’s your biggest football success so far?
My biggest success might be becoming an All-American (an honorary team from any American college sport composed of outstanding amateur players) last year and being regarded as one of the top 50 players in college soccer when I was only a junior. Another might be just getting to represent the United States and Ghana and scoring for both countries.
Last question: do you remember the funniest thing that ever happened to you on a football field?
The funniest thing that ever happened on the field to me may be the goalkeeper hitting the ball in my head and I fell straight to the ground. The funny part is that I told my coach I was fine but I played the last 10 minutes of the game not knowing where I was at in any shape or form. I didn’t touch the ball once! After the game, I was still standing on the pitch and that is when my coach looked at me and screamed: “Sammy the game is over now!”
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