Friday, February 6, 2015

MEET THE DYNAMO'S KOFI SARKODIE - JOEL JACKSON - 2/6/2015

Kofi Sarkodie 

MEET THE DYNAMO'S KOFI SARKODIE
Written by: Joel Jackson
Date posted: 2/6/2015


The Houston Dynamo go into the 2015 season with a new look all the way around: new conference, new coach, new general manager, and new players (including former Chivas USA striker & Mexican National Team player, Erick Cubo Torres).

The Dynamo president has referred to this evolution as Dynamo 3.0, as the team has had a whirlwind of changes the past off-season, seeking to challenge for a championship after missing the playoffs for just the second time since 2005.

One of the constants since arriving in 2011 has been right back Kofi Sarkodie. The Ohio native with a Ghanian heritage has been a constant bright spot for the team and has had his share of spectacular moments. Houston fans may well remember his goal in the second half vs. DC United in the playoffs, or his diving header to prevent a sure Danny Mwanga goal.

Despite all of the changes, Sarkodie at starting right back is seemingly set for years to come.

With the first week of training camp in the books, Sarkodie offered a few quick thoughts.

First week always takes a bit to getting used to. You got new guys coming in. New environment really. New coaching staff, so were taking it day by day, says Sarkodie.

While in college at Akron, Sarkodie showed the ability to score goals as well as defend. Also in his time so far in Houston, the fifth year player has shown flashes of touch as well.

New Dynamo coach, Owen Coyle, has in previous stops at Burnley and Bolton, shown versatility in playing styles, but has had tendencies of deploying outside backs pushing forward and delivering long passes when the opportunity arises.

As we start to move a little more and get closer to the season, well have a better idea exactly of how gaffer (Coyle) wants us to play, Sarkodie answered. I think he likes myself and outside backs getting forward and providing width. Thats an important part of my game, and something I think gaffer will look to use. But well see exactly how he wants us to play as we get deeper in the preseason. 

How Sarkodie will be utilized is still yet to be determined, yet his versatility and his continued improvement still at the age of 23 will be one of the stabilizing pieces of the Dynamo this year.
 
 
JOEL JACKSON

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