Frank Yallop got his man this time.
The Fire are very high on 24 year old Ghanaian forward David Accam who signed with the club as a Designated Player. Accam had other options with Premier League clubs reportedly pursuing his signature but chose to come to Chicago and MLS based on meetings with Yallop this winter. "The commitment that the Fire showed me was the main reason I chose Chicago over the other offers I had. I would also like to thank the coach Frank Yallop and the owner Andrew Hauptman for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to play for the Fire. I cannot wait to repay their fatih," said Accam, who arrived in Chicago yesterday.
An impressive strike rate in Sweden's Allsvenskan doesn't necessarily guarantee those numbers will translate in MLS but Accam does provide the potential to create big headaches for MLS defenders with his pace, creativity, and shooting ability. He's also a player that is on the fringe of breaking through with the Ghanaian National team and has plenty of incentive to continue improvement.
Accam is a significant step up in talent and price from previous Fire DP signings. There are never sure things when it comes to the Fire but this signing has the potential to be significant not because they hope he can produce but because he appears to have the ability to do so on this level.