Nigerian forward Kennedy Igboananike made his first appearance for DC United on Sunday against the Montreal Impact after joining from the Chicago Fire. Igboananike came in for the DC side in the 64th minute and put in a fine half hour for his new outfit.
DC United signed Kennedy Igboananike from the Chicago Fire in exchange for their natural third-round selection in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft as well as an undisclosed fee.
The 27-year-old forward comes to DC United with plenty of experience, having made over 100 league appearances in the Swedish Allsvenskan and nearly 50 in the MLS for the Chicago Fire. In his one year with the Fire he scored an impressive 11 MLS goals. Upon his departure, Chicago Fire General Manager Nelson Rodriguez praised his former forward, saying, “Kennedy [Igboananike] puts his heart into his work and has served this club well. We wish him the best in D.C. and wherever his career leads him.”
DC United Vice President of Soccer Operations, Dave Kaspar, also commented on the transfer and revealed his excitement towards his side’s new acquisition, “We are pleased to have acquired Kennedy. He has shown in a short amount of time in MLS that he is a dangerous attacker who can create and score goals.”
After the match against Montreal, Igboananike spoke about making his first appearance for DC United and how he is adapting to his new team. “It feels great. I’m still learning how to play with the boys,” said Igboananike. “It’s my first time, I trained with them yesterday, so I just need a little bit of time to adapt to the system of how they are playing, but I think I will come into the team as quick as possible.”
DC United currently sit in 8th in the Eastern Conference and will hope that the signing of Igboananike will bring new life into the team as they are currently winless in their last 5 MLS matches. DC United’s next match comes on Saturday when they host the Philadelphia Union.