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Boateng with Spanish Club

August 7, 2009
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Former Liberty standout Joshua Boateng is in Europe on trial with Spanish First Division club Deportivo de La Coruña.

Former Liberty standout Joshua Boateng is in Europe on trial with Spanish First Division club Deportivo de La Coruña.

Former Liberty soccer standout and the USL's Cleveland City Stars' leading goal scorer Joshua Boateng will be in Europe for the next few weeks, while on trial with Spanish First Division club Deportivo de La Coruña.

Last year, the forward/midfielder was a first-team All-South Atlantic and All-Big South performer in his final season at Liberty. Boateng compiled 32 points on 13 goals and six assists during the year, tying him for fifth on the program's single-season points list. His 13 goals also tie him for sixth on the Liberty single-season goal list. The Hermann Trophy candidate ranked 12th in the nation in points per game (1.78) and 13th in goals per game (0.72). Boateng led the Big South in points per game, goals per game and was tied for first in game-winning goals with five.

During his three years at Liberty, the Flames posted a 32-16-5 record, and won the Big South Championship in 2007. For his play during Liberty's first-ever conference title run, the Accra, Ghana native was named the 2007 Big South Tournament MVP.

He became the first Liberty soccer player to be picked in the MLS SuperDraft and the fifth Flames soccer player drafted by a MLS team in February. Boateng was taken in the third round by the Los Angeles Galaxy, as the 33rd player overall chosen.

Originally from Accra, Ghana, Boateng previously went on trial in Europe after his junior season at Liberty, but declined offers in order to return to the States to finish his degree.

Boateng's debut season in the USL has included a team-leading four goals in 11 matches.

"We're excited for J.B. to get this opportunity and the entire team wishes him the best," said City Stars Head Coach Rod Underwood. "This is a tremendous opportunity for a young player like J.B,. and we expect him to go over there and do well."