Updated January 12, 2021
EMMANUEL BOATENG AT A GLANCE:
MLS CAREER: Ninth-year pro signed with New England as a free agent on Jan. 7, 2021…Totaled 121 regular season appearances with LA Galaxy (2016-19), D.C. United (2019-20), and Columbus Crew SC (2020) after beginning career in Sweden’s first division from 2013-15…Has made five postseason appearances with two starts, scoring twice…Began Galaxy tenure under Bruce Arena in 2016 and went on to score nine goals with 13 assists over 108 league games…Played at least 20 games in all four seasons with the Galaxy, including a career-high 34 appearances in 2017…In first MLS season in 2016, totaled two goals and five assists in 26 games played, and added two goals in the postseason…Set personal bests with 34 appearances and 29 starts in 2017, with four goals and two assists…Appeared in 27 games in 2018, matching his personal best with five assists…Played in 21 games in final season with the Galaxy in 2019 before joining D.C. United in August…Played three games with D.C. …Won MLS Cup in 2020 with Columbus Crew SC, making 10 league appearances and two in the postseason.
2020 (with D.C. and Columbus): Traded to Columbus Crew SC in August, played 10 times in the regular season and twice in the playoffs en route to winning MLS Cup…Started three times with one assist…(8/20) vs. CHI: Debuted for Crew SC in a 3-0 win…(10/3) at DAL: Recorded first assist in Crew shirt…Postseason: (11/30) vs. NSH: Played 11 minutes as a substitute in the 2-0 Conference Semifinals win…(12/6) vs. NE: Saw 10 minutes of action as a substitute in the Eastern Conference Final victory over the Revolution.
2019 (with LA Galaxy and D.C.): Made 21 appearances and seven starts with LA before being traded to D.C. United in August, where he appeared three times off the bench…(3/2) at CHI: Played 70 minutes in the season opener…(3/16) vs. MIN: Recorded an assist in the 3-2 win…(8/3) at ATL: Made final appearance for LA…(8/17) at VAN: Recorded first appearance in D.C. United shirt, a 23-minute substitute appearance...Postseason: (10/19) at TOR: Played 33 minutes off the bench in third career playoff appearance.
2018 (with LA Galaxy): Recorded 27 regular season appearances and 12 starts…Scored twice and equaled a personal best with five assists…(3/11) at NYC: Recorded first assist of the season…(5/12) at DAL: Tallied in a 3-2 loss against FC Dallas…(6/2) at POR: Picked up an assist for third time in four games, helping secure the 1-1 draw…(9/23) vs. SEA: Scored in the Galaxy’s 3-0 win.
2017 (with LA Galaxy): Played in all 34 games for the Galaxy, starting 29 of those contests…Recorded a career-high four goals with two assists…(3/18) at RSL: Tallied the game-winning goal...(4/7) vs. MTL: Notched an assist for the second straight game...(9/2) vs. COL: Recorded four goal of the season.
2016 (with LA Galaxy): Signed with LA from Helsingborgs IF on Jan. 14, 2016…Played 26 games, starting 17, and recorded two goals with five assists…Started twice in the MLS Cup Playoffs, posting a two-goal performance against Real Salt Lake in the Knockout Round…(3/12) at COL: Made MLS debut…(4/2) at VAN: Recorded first MLS start…(4/23) vs. RSL: Named to Team of the Week in Week 8 for his one-goal, two-assist performance against Real Salt Lake…Marked first goal in MLS…(9/7) at RSL: Scored against Salt Lake for the third time…Postseason: (10/26) vs. RSL: Recorded a brace in the 3-1 win, including the game-winning goal…Scored twice in quick succession with tallies in the 26th and 34th minutes.
CLUB CAREER OUTSIDE OF MLS: Began professional career with Helsingborgs IF in Sweden’s top flight from 2013-15…Totaled 37 Allsvenskan appearances over three seasons…Recorded four goals and one assist in league play…Added seven appearances in the Svenska Cupen, scoring three goals with one assist…Helped Helsingborg to runner-up finish in 2013-14…Also made 18 appearances at the Under-21 level, scoring 10 times with three helpers..
COLLEGE CAREER (University of California, Santa Barbara): Played one season of collegiate soccer in 2012, recording four goals and four assists in 18 appearances as a freshman…Earned Big West’s Freshman of the Year honors…Named to the All-Big West First Team.
PERSONAL: Born and raised in Accra, Ghana…Joined African soccer developmental program, the Right to Dream Academy, and went on to earn a scholarship at the age of 15 to Cate School in Carpinteria, Calif. …Story of his journey from Ghana to the United States has been featured in documentaries and on CNN…While at the Cate School, named the 2012 Gatorade Player of the Year as the nation’s top high school player…Also featured for local club sides Santa Barbara Soccer Club and South Coast Strikers, and later with Ventura County Fusion in the PDL during the summer of 2013…In 2011, named MVP of the prestigious Milk Cup, an international youth soccer tournament…Named the CIF Southern Division 7 Player of the Year in both 2011 and 2012…Led team to a 42-2-1 record and back-to-back CIF Southern Division 7 Championships…In final season at Cate, scored 32 goals with 19 assists…A dual-sport star, also featured in track and reached the quarterfinals in the 100 and 200 meters in the 2011 CIF Southern Division…Skipped senior year at Cate School to attend University of California, Santa Barbara.