Boston City FC has signaled its intent to compete for the National Premier Soccer League title in 2017 by signing the star of the 2016 NPSL season, Isaac ‘Nana’ Addai, to a two-year contract.
The 22-year-old Liberian-born midfielder produced a stunning first campaign in the NPSL, winning the league’s Mitre Golden Ball award as the 2016 MVP, and was named to the NPSL All-Star first team, alongside new Boston City teammates Michael Bustamante and Gabriel De Souza.
Addai also finished the 2016 regular season as the joint Puma Golden Ball winner having scored an impressive 18 goals in only 15 matches. Two of those strikes came in a Boston City 3-2 defeat of his former club, Northeast Atlantic Conference rival the Rhode Island Reds, when he curled home an impressive free kick and was also on target from the penalty spot.
“We are delighted to add Isaac to our squad and believe we will create plenty of opportunities for him to continue his proven ability to score goals,” said Boston City FC head coach Palhinha, who was himself a formidable goal scorer from midfield for Sao Paulo and the Brazil national team. “There were times last season when, despite the success of qualifying for the playoffs, we missed clear opportunities to score goals and we believe Isaac can provide a solution for our team in that area.”
Addai has represented the Liberia Under-23 national team and has played professionally in both his native country and Ghana, where he arrived having played soccer in a refugee camp during the Liberian civil war.
Boston City FC will kick off the 2017 NPSL season in April of next year and will again play home matches at Brother Gilbert Field at Malden Catholic High School in Malden, MA.