RSL SIGNS GAMBIAN INTERNATIONAL & FORMER REVOLUTION DF/FW KENNY MANSALLY
Utah Side Acquires Versatile 23-Year-Old Following Three-Week Trial
SANDY, Utah (Wednesday, June 20, 2012) – Real Salt Lake today announced the acquisition of DF/FW Abdoulie “Kenny” Mansally – signed following the 23-year-old RSL trialist’s release from New England Revolution after six MLS seasons. Details and terms of contract will not be disclosed, per club policy.
“It feels great to have the opportunity to play with one of the best teams in MLS,” said Mansally, whose first day on trial with RSL came on the heels of the disappointing May 29 loss in the Open Cup. “This organization has been doing really well, for a long time, now they are first in the West. It will be hard to just jump in, but I’m going to work hard, and I’m very happy to be here.”
Mansally’s 89 regular-season appearances for the Revolution, included 47 starts, seven goals and five assists during the 2007-12 seasons, after the Gambian international signed with New England as a developmental youth international on Sept. 6, 2007, after the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Canada. Mansally’s MLS experience has seen him play primarily as a forward, but normally lines up at left back when representing the Gambian National Team. He made his debut for the country’s full senior national team in June 2008, and since has earned 10 caps.
Mansally entered RSL’s radar screen early this month, the Utah side giving the young, dynamic, left-footed player with invaluable experience at both the youth and senior international levels - despite his 23 years of age - a three-week trial that included an appearance in MLS Reserve League play, starting last Tuesday against the Chicago Fire Reserves, and contributing to the reserves’ 2-1 win, its first of the season.
TRANSACTION: Real Salt Lake acquires MF Kenny Mansally.
#29 KENNY MANSALLY
Weight: 160 lbs.
Born: January 27, 1989 (Banjul, Gambia)
Hometown: Banjul, Gambia
Last Club: New England Revolution
MLS Experience: 89 regular-season appearances since signing with NE in 2007