Colorado Rapids acquire Ghanaian midfielder Bismark “Nana” Adjei-Boateng

The Colorado Rapids on Tuesday announced they acquired midfielder Bismark “Nana” Adjei-Boateng.
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The Colorado Rapids on Tuesday announced they acquired midfielder Bismark “Nana” Adjei-Boateng. There was speculation that Colorado was interested in the 22-year-old Ghana native in December, and now the club has made it official.

Adjei-Boateng signed a deal with Manchester City in 2012, and he spent the last four seasons on loan with the Norweigan club Stromsgodset IF. Adjei-Boateng scored seven goals in 17 appearances with Stromsgodset IF last year as the club won its first league title since 1970.

“Bringing Nana to the club was a key part of our offseason strategy, and we’re delighted to welcome such a promising young talent to our club,” Rapids sporting director Pádraig Smith said in a press release. “He’s a powerful player with the drive and energy to be effective box to box. He possesses great technique and vision and influences the game on both sides of the ball. We’re confident Bismark will make a smooth transition to MLS as he heads into the prime of his career.”

It's unclear how the 5-foot-10, 160-pound Adjei-Boateng will fit in in Colorado's midfield. The Rapids lost Jermaine Jones to the L.A. Galaxy earlier this offseason.

The Rapids, runners-up in the Supporter's Shield race in 2016, begin their season March 4 vs. New England.

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