David Accam has started the MLS season as one of the hottest attackers in the league and has been rewarded with a call-up to his national team.
The 25-year-old got the call to join the Ghanaian National Team for the upcoming pair of 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifying matches. Ghana will play Mozambique on March 24 and 27.
Accam has two goals and an assist in two matches with the Chicago Fire to start the season. He will depart following the Fire's home match on Saturday against the Columbus Crew.
Most of Major League Soccer will take the weekend off for the international window. The U.S. also has a pair of qualifiers in the same window. The Fire will not play, but three MLS matches will take place on March 26.
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Ghana is 2-0 in qualifying Group H with wins against Mauritius and Rwanda. Accam came off the bench and scored in the 7-1 win against Mauritius back in June. That was his first goal for Ghana in five appearances.
An interesting side note to the news is that continuing to get called up to Ghana increases Accam's chances of getting a work permit if he still desires to play in England. He trained with Premier League club Stoke City in the offseason and has said his ambition is to some point play in the top leagues in Europe. Obtaining a British work permit now, which is often a snag for players who do not hold an EU passport, might be difficult for Accam, but if he continues to get called in to the national team that will improve his chances of getting approval if that situation comes up down the road.
The Fire could see other players get international call-ups with Matt Polster and Brandon Vincent among the most likely. Polster and Vincent have been in the mix for the Olympic qualifying team, which will have its playoff against Colombia during this international window.