Ghanaian midfielder Kalif Alhassan joins American side Minnesota United

Ghanaian midfielder Kalif Alhassan has joined American second tier side Minnesota United after playing in the top-flight MLS for some years.

Alhassan is a veteran of U.S. soccer, having played five seasons with the Portland Timbers in USL and MLS.

“He’s more versatile than many midfielders – he has played underneath the forwards, he’s played up top, he’s played a little bit wide too – he’s a different player than we have on our roster, somebody who can be very aggressive offensively, and get in good spots in the final third to create opportunities for us,” said head coach Manny Lagos.

“We’re excited to have a player like him on the team.”

Alhassan will add depth to United’s offense, as he can play both in the middle and outside and will provide power going forward.

A native of Accra, Alhassan began his professional career in 2007 with Liberty Professionals, a club that has developed greats like Michael Essien of A.C. Milan.

The midfielder helped the club reach the semifinals of the 2009 West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Club Championship.

The 24-year-old then joined Portland midway through the 2010 USSF Division 2 season, scoring in his debut with the Timbers, 1-0, against the Puerto Rico Islanders.

Alhassan remained with the club through its transition to MLS the following year.

He became the first Timbers player to win the MLS Player of the Week award in week one of 2012 for scoring a goal, providing an assist, and setting up the final goal in the team’s 3-1 over the Philadelphia Union.

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