Thursday, September 14, 2017

Manneh talks about plans for next year ✜ Manneh additionally on a Vancouver podcast ✜ Manneh one of FIFA's fastest players

Gaven, Schelotto, Hejduk for 9/14: Three Crew SC-related social media topics of interest for today.

Manneh talks about plans for next year

To a Canadian soccer magazine:

It's every football players dream to one day play in Europe. Manneh isn't committing to anything yet.

"No, for right now, I'm leaving it alone," Manneh said. "I have a pretty good idea in my head what I want, but it's not necessarily what's going to happen. Sometimes things don't really work out the way you want them to. There's a lot of people involved in this decision-making. I do have a pretty good idea of what I want. I have to talk to my agent, family, it can change things. I definitely do want to go to Europe. That's the goal, it's always been my goal to have an opportunity to play in that environment, and see what it's all about." Link.

If you want to leave it alone, end the conversation at "I'm leaving it alone." 😅 

But, can't really blame Manneh if he goes that way as soon as possible. 

Because he's played minimally for Columbus as his preferred position is also Justin Meram's.

Which is confusing on what the thinking was there?

In addition, have to wonder how successful Columbus will be the rest of the year when other key players have even said they may no longer remain in Columbus but are keen to remain in Major League Soccer. Link.

Give Manneh some credit at least for saying some nice things on Columbus... Well, Columbus's system. 

Holds Vancouver fans in a bit of a higher regard though.

"It will be special for one thing only, playing in front of that crowd," Manneh said with a smile. "If I have the opportunity, it would be amazing. I'll be okay with having a couple of minutes on the field, just to play in front of that crowd again, soaking up that atmosphere, energy of the stadium. It's the best place I've ever played in, and the fans are always amazing, week in, and week out."

As the article mentions...

The future for Kekuta Manneh going forward is as uncertain as his spot in the Crew SC lineup. Manneh is out of contract following the 2017 MLS season, and free to leave. That's the main reason why Vancouver sought out a trade partner for him.

So, Vancouver got Tchani and we perhaps got a guy that was always leaving MLS.

Manneh on Vancouver podcast

His part starts 34 minutes in:

FIFA's fastest players

All Manneh today

I wish there was a way we could use him game in and game out. But, think Berhalter has this thing yearly where he's either getting as many DM's as possible, or CB's this year, or LM's. 

Made it possible to part with Naess.

Sometimes we have too many good players in one position and none in a other.


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