Accam delighted to start season on a high

Mike Dinovo
The Chicago Fire player is in a happy mood after finding target on the first matchday of the new campaign

Chicago Fire attacker David Accam is excited to have gotten off to a scoring start in the 2017 Major Soccer League.

The Ghanaian scored a second half equalizer as the Men in Red held Columbus Crew to a 1-1 away draw in the season's opener on Saturday.

The winger picked up a loose ball after Harrison Afful failed to intercept a through ball, turned Jonathan Mensah inside out, before curling a shot beyond goalkeeper Zack Steffen.

"It feels great [to score in the opening match]," Accam told said.

"For me, my confidence is going higher and higher. I am happy to get on the score sheet in the first match of the season.

"We have a good squad and for us, this is the first game and first opportunity to do well and by the second half, we really came out. 

"I think one point in Columbus is not too bad, especially with how we started the game. So for now, I am happy with it."

Accam is in his third season, and perhaps last, with Fire, having failed to agree to a contract extension since joining from Swedish outfit Helsingborgs in 2015.

The Accra-born netted 10 times in 24 league appearances in his first year and nine goals in same number of matches last season.

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His impressive performance has seen him win back-to-back Most Valuable Player of the Season accolades.

The 26-year-old, prior to the start of the season, said he aims to "leave a mark" this campaign.