New York City FC vs. D.C. United: Spotlight on Kwadwo Poku

Poku celebrating after goal vs. D.C. United

Kwadwo Poku said he's always ready for his number to be called. Sometimes it is. Sometimes it isn't.

New York City FC head coach Jason Kreis called upon the Ghanaian midfielder and named him to the Starting XI on Thursday night against D.C. United. Poku was a key factor with one goal and one assist in the Club's 3-1 victory over the Eastern Conference leaders as New York City FC earned a vital three points in the race for the Major League Soccer playoffs.

Here is Poku's day in video, statistics, quotes and more.

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By the Numbers

  • Registered his team-leading seventh assist of the season in the 51st minute.
  • Scored his fourth goal (all competitions) of the season in the 88th minute.
  • Started his fourth match of the season.
  • New York City FC improved to 4-0-0 when Poku starts.

.@_Poku_Poku dedicates this one to the fans!

— New York City FC (@NYCFC) August 14, 2015

Poku said:

"(Scoring) was great because I missed a chance like five minutes before that chance and I was so mad. It was 2-1 and what was going on in my mind was like, 'Man, you've got to finish this game somehow before they tie this game.' So I was upset for a little bit, but when I got that goal, it was like, 'Finally, I can breathe now.'"

In the coach's words:

"He was instrumental in almost everything good that hapepned to our team tonight."

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