Futty Danso returns to US to rejoin former club

Gambia international Mamadou ‘Futty’ Danso has returned to the United States to rejoin his former club North Carolina FC on a free transfer.

The 34-year-old penned on the dotted lines for the American second-tier side after leaving Malaysian Super League club Kelantan FA.

He featured 22 times for Kelantan who finished 10th on the table with 22 points on the Malaysian top-tier last season.

“We’re happy to sign him,” North Carolina FC coach Colin Clarke said on the club’s official website.

“He’s been with us before and knows what’s expected. He’s someone that is going to bring size and presence to the backline. He’s a good defender. We’re happy to have him back and he’s going to be a big help to us defensively.”

The 6ft 3in center-back returns to the club he played for in 2015 where he made 19 appearances and scoring one goal.

“I’m happy to sign again with a club that has given me a lot,” said Danso. “I’ve been connected since my PDL days here. I’ve seen what the club has accomplished in the Triangle area and I’m excited to see it continue to grow. Going into the season, the only reason you play is to win. That’s the only thing we want accomplish this year – winning the league. That’s the goal for the team and that’s what I’m here to do.”

Donning the club’s number 98 jersey, Futty featured the entire match for North Carolina, when they opened their United Soccer League (USL) campaign with a 3-1 home loss to Tampa Bay Rowdies in front of 4197 supporters at the Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Futty has gone through the ranks of professional soccer in North America during his career, spending six years with Major League Soccer side Portland Timbers before moving to Montreal Impact and Rayo OKC.