After a shocking midseason trade that sent him from the New York Red Bulls to D.C. United, it appears that midfielder Lloyd Sam’s stay in the nation’s capital will be extended a bit longer.
And, judging from his form on the field, rightfully so.
Sam and United are in talks for a contract extension, sources tell Metro with a deal expected to be finalized soon. With United, Sam tallied three goals and six assists in just 13 matches, a perfect fit in head coach Ben Olsen’s midfield. The once-capped Ghanaian winger is considered a solid locker room presence as well as being an asset on the field for United, the historically biggest rivals for New York.
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Having joined the Red Bulls in 2012, Sam locked down a spot on the right wing by the tailend of the next season, his keen play and creativity a major reason why the Red Bulls captured the Supporters Shield that season under then head coach Mike Petke. His form grew the next two seasons and he would finish with 20 goals and 22 assists in 106 league matches for New York.
A fan favorite at Red Bull Arena, Sam’s speed and comfort on the ball also earned him frequent trips to the league’s weekly honors as well as a reputation for being one of the best wide players in the entire league. The Englishman also interestingly enough quickly took to American sports and was once champion of the Red Bulls Fantasy Football League…that would be American football.
Set to turn 33-years old in September, the expected new deal for Sam is purportedly a “multi-year extension,” per a league source and includes a raise over his previous salary. Before coming to MLS, Sam played for prominent clubs in England such as Charlton Athletic and Leeds United.