Mansally ends European adventure, returns to the US

Versatile Scorpions international Abdoulie ‘Kenny’ Mansally has brought his European adventure to an end to return to the United States and pen a deal with USL Championship club Charlotte Independence.

The 30-year-old, who quit US football after ten years playing in Major League Soccer, has returned to the country after two years in Europe to pen a deal with the  North Carolina-based side.

Charlotte Independence, plying their trade in the second-tier of American football, announced the signing of the former New England Revolution, Real Salt Lake and Houston Dynamo player last week with the club saying the transfer is pending league and federation approval.

“I’m happy to join the team and I’m excited to help the team achieve its goals,” the Scorpions international, who scored eight goals over two seasons with top-flight Finnish sides PS Kemi Kings and FC Inter Turku, said.

“I always play to win, I play hard and that’s why I’m here. I’m looking forward to the start of the season and I’m happy to be here.”

Kenny Mansally, who holds a US green card and has a winning pedigree, claimed the 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with New England and the 2013 MLS Western Conference Championship with Real Salt Lake, a feat, he would love to repeat with Charlotte.

“Those are the moments you pay for and you want to be a part of. In New England, we went to the Lamar Hunt Cup final and in Salt Lake, we went to MLS Cup Final. It was a big moment and I enjoyed it. I’m excited to play in the USL and for the Independence and score big goals for the team.”

Mansally, who is a ten-season veteran in the MLS, started his professional career with the New England Revolution late in 2007 and then spent 5 years in Boston appearing regularly for the team. He later spent four years at Real Salt Lake fighting transitioning from a forward to the backline. The former Real de Banjul player made 169 MLS regular season appearances in his career, notching ten goals and eight assists.