Midfielder Ebenezer Ofori has returned to New York City FC on a season-long loan from VfB Stuttgart again.

The Ghanaian international has agreed to a second one-year loan deal, with an option for NYCFC to buy at the end of this Major League Soccer season.

“I’m super excited to come back to New York City FC for another season,” Ofori said. “I felt very at home last year playing for a club that I respect very highly. I cannot wait to do my best for the club this coming season.”

Ofori, 23, made 28 MLS appearances for City, scoring his first goal in a 4-0 victory over Real Salt Lake in April.

“It was very important to bring back Eben,” NYCFC head coach Domenec Torrent said. “He understands what we want to do tactically and brings a unique quality to our midfield. He’s experienced in this league and at the international level and I’m very happy to have him back in the squad.”

Before his first loan spell, Ofori helped Stuttgart’s promotion back to the Bundesliga. He won Sweden’s “Best Midfielder” award while at AIK oin 2015.

“We’re really excited to bring Ebenezer back to New York for the 2019 season,” NYCFC sporting director Claudio Reyna said. “He played a key role in our midfield last season and will bring even more continuity to spine of our team. He knows what it takes to succeed in this league and we expect him to build off his 2018 performance.”

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