Gambian midfielder Kenny Mansally is on trial this week with #DCU. He was previously with the NE Revolution but was waived on 5/4/12— D.C. United (@dcunited) May 22, 2012
D.C. United confirmed today that recently-released attacker Kenny Mansally - formerly of the New England Revolution and a Gambian national team player - has joined the club for a one-week trial. Anyone who saw the write-up of our first reserve league match - a 0-0 draw at New England - won't be surprised by this news. Mansally went 90 minutes against his former team. Mansally came to MLS as a speedy second forward, but also saw a roughly equal amount of time as a winger (80-90% of the time on the left) for Steve Nicol. In 2008 and 2009 he made a combined 30 starts (as well as 12 more appearances as a sub) before regressing to an oft-used sub role and eventually falling out of the matchday 18 entirely. That might not sound very promising, but Mansally is still only 23 years old, and has some raw gifts - speed and a risk-taking mentality that fits in rather well with our current team - that you don't just find in every random player. While we already have plenty of wide options and withdrawn forwards, we aren't particularly fast up top when Chris Pontius is not on the field. At the very, very least, getting Mansally in a United jersey will stop him from his old habit of unleashing his very best performances against us.