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Hamilton’s Forge FC signs former MLS draft pick, Awuah

Montreal Impact midfielder Shamit Shome (28) gets tangled up with New York City FC midfielder Kwame Awuah during the second half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in New York. NYCFC won 3-0. AP Photo/Julie Jacobson

Hamilton’s Forge FC has added another Canadian international.

The Canadian Premier League soccer club announced it has signed defender Kwame Awuah (pronounced Uh-WOO-ah) to a multi-year contract.

“Kwame is an excellent addition to our team and league. On the field he is exactly what we want in a player — technically gifted on the ball, quick off the ball and a high-level IQ for the game,” said Bobby Smyrniotis, technical director and head coach of Forge FC in a media release. “At a young age he will bring a very good level of experience from his time with New York City FC and also our national teams. We look forward to his exciting style of play and the additional dimension it will bring to our game.”

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Awuah, 23, spent the last two seasons with Major League Soccer’s New York City FC as a midfielder. He was drafted in the first round, 16th overall, in the 2017 MLS Draft.

The five-foot-seven, 160-pound Toronto-native has represented Canada at the youth and senior level, most recently serving on the provisional squad for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States.

Awuah attended the University of Connecticut from 2013 to 2016, starting in all but one of his 83 appearances with the Huskies while registering eight goals and 26 assists. The two-time American Athletic Conference First Team selection (2015, 2016) was also the AAC Co-Midfielder of the Year in 2015, named to AAC Honor Roll in 2014, and was selected to the AAC All-Rookie Team in 2013. Awuah is a graduate from Sigma FC academy, where he last played in 2016 and earned selection to the League1 Ontario Western Conference All-Star Team.

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Forge FC will kick off the inaugural CPL season in April 2019.

Awuah is the club’s sixth player signing ahead of camp, joining Canadian midfielders Kyle Bekker and Tristan Borges, along with forwards Chris Nanco and Marcel Zajac, as well as Cameroon defender Bertrand Owundi.

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