Victor Mansaray- was a surprise move on loan from 2016 MLS Champion Seattle Sounders. Mansaray was signed as a Homegrown player in 2015 at age 17 and in 2016 was named the #1 Under 20 player in USL. He recently has indicated that he may be open to a Leone Stars call up. With Mohamed Kallon emerging as the favorite to take over the reigns of Leone Stars, his influence in the US to to woo over many of the dual citizens to Leone Stars could be key to the success of Leone Stars. There is currently no functioning SLFA league in the country and Isha Johansen's illegitimate administration has brought high level domestic football to a standstill.
A caveat to Mansaray could be his status in the U-20 USMNT player pool. He was not named to the 20 man squad for U-20 World Cup qualifying in February but the option of a call-up to the World Cup in late May is still a possibility since the U-20’s did qualify. The tournament runs from May 30- June 20 so we could see Mansaray miss time with the club if he is called into Tab Ramos pre-tournament camp. It will be interesting to see how Victor takes the recent snub and uses it as motivation to force his way into a spot on the World Cup roster or maybe a Leone Stars call-up may be a bright way for his career to advance.
It would be recalled that another prodigy, Israel Sesay who famously was labeled by his Los Angeles Galaxy teammate, David Beckham as "the most refreshing talent" he has seen in a long time, saw his career stagnate and may have done well to accept a Leone Star call up as his career waned without an international profile for either Leone Stars or the USA failed to materialize. Kei Kamara, though at a similar period endured Leone Stars call-ups which eventually lead to move to England and back to the MLS without a tremendous profile. Victor would be wise to follow Kei.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- In conjunction with Major League Soccer, Columbus Crew SC today announced that forward Ola Kamara has been named a finalist for Major League Soccer’s Newcomer of the Year award. Additionally, the club has been nominated as a finalist for the MLS Fair Play award.
Kei Kamara and Juan Agudelo each had a goal and an assist to help the New England Revolution beat Sporting Kansas City 3-1 on a rainy Saturday night.