How Acquired: Signed by the Revolution to a developmental contract as a youth international on Sept. 6, 2007
A young, dynamic player who has performed at both the youth and senior international levels ... a left-footed player, he can play as both a forward or a wide midfielder ... very fast and strong on the ball, with a very hard shot … is also adept at free kicks and corner kicks when needed … along with teammate Sainey Nyassi, helped lead Gambia’s Under-20 Team to the knockout rounds of the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup and made his debut for the country’s full senior national team in June 2008 … started his career wearing #29, but switched to #7 before the start of the 2010 season … after joining the team late in 2007, is one of the team’s most senior members despite being just 22.
2011: Made 25 regular-season appearances, including nine starts. Recorded two assists. Missed the D.C. match (March 26) while away with Gambia for the March 29 friendly against Equatorial Guinea. Made his first start of the season against Real Salt Lake (April 9), lining up as one of the three forwards. Recorded his first assist of the season – and first since the end of the 2009 season – on Shalrie Joseph’s game-tying goal against Kansas City (April 23). Missed the LA game (May 28) with a left foot contusion. Scored the Revs’ lone goal in the friendly against Manchester United (July 13), redirecting a free kick by Benny Feilhaber. Suffered a foul in the 90th minute at Colorado (July 23) which led to the game-tying penalty kick goal for Shalrie Joseph. Entered as a 34th-minute substitute at Kansas City (July 30) replacing the injured Stephen McCarthy and played left wing, and then moved to left back in the final minutes of the game after A.J. Soares’ red card. Assisted on Milton Caraglio’s second goal against New York (August 20), recording his second assist on the season before picking up a red card, which made him ineligible the next match at Philadelphia (Sept. 7). Missed the match against San Jose (Oct. 8) while on international duty with Gambia. Made three appearances, all starts, in MLS Reserve League action, scoring two goals. Both reserve-league goals came at D.C. (June 7), one on a penalty kick and one on a free kick. Started and played the first half in the team’s U.S. Open Cup Play-In round game at D.C. (April 26), recording one assist in the match.
2010: Made 21 MLS appearances, including eight starts, scoring three goals. Notched two goals in a two-minute span in the Revs’ 2-0 victory at D.C. (April 3), earning MLS Player of the Week honors for Week 2. Started his first game of the season at Seattle (June 5) and started his second game of the season against D.C. (Aug. 7), playing his first full game of 2010. Scored his third league goal of the season at Kansas City (Aug. 21). Missed the Sept. 4 match against Seattle and the Oct. 10 match at Houston while with the Gambia National Team at Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Namibia and Burkina Faso, respectively. Tied a club record for fouls suffered (10) in a game in the season finale at New York (Oct. 21), matching Clint Dempsey’s 2005 mark. Started four SuperLiga matches, scoring one goal. Scored the team’s goal in regulation, and then the game-winning goal in PKs of the SuperLiga semifinal win over Puebla (Aug. 4). Missed the final against Morelia (Sept. 1) after being called up to the Gambia National Team for its Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Namibia (Sept. 4).
2009: Appeared in 25 regular-season MLS matches, starting 19 games. Overall, made 32 appearances, including action in the U.S. Open Cup, SuperLiga and MLS Cup Playoffs. Began the season at forward, but shifted to his natural and preferred left midfield position one-third of the way into the season. Recorded one goal and two assists. Notched the game-tying goal in the 90th minute of the 1-1 draw at New York (March 28), guiding a header inside the left post. Made his first appearance at left midfield against D.C. (May 30), assisting on Joseph’s game-tying goal in the 55th minute, just 10 minutes after entering the game as a halftime substitute. Earned his first start at left midfield in the 4-0 win over New York (June 7) and began the next eight games at that position. Recorded his second assist of the season on Kheli Dube’s 29th-minute goal in the 1-1 draw with Colorado (Oct. 3). Started the Revs’ lone U.S. Open Cup match against the Harrisburg City Islanders (June 30), playing 45 minutes at left midfield. Started all four SuperLiga matches at left midfield, scoring two goals and adding two assists to tie for the team lead in scoring during the tournament. Scored the game-tying goal in the 60th minute of the 4-2 win over Santos Laguna (June 21), while he later assisted on Kheli Dube’s 82nd-minute goal. Assisted on Dube’s goal in first-half stoppage time of the 1-1 draw with Kansas City (June 24). Struck for the game-winning goal against Atlas (June 28). Started at left midfield in both matches of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Series against Chicago in the MLS Cup Playoffs. Assisted on Emmanuel Osei’s game-tying goal in first-half stoppage time of the Game 1 victory.
2008: Made 17 appearances at forward during the regular season, including 11 starts. Overall, appeared in 26 games, including MLS regular season, playoffs, SuperLiga and U.S. Open Cup. Scored three goals and added one assist in MLS action. Missed a total of six games while on international duty with the Gambia National Team and Gambia Under-20 National Team, and an additional six matches (Aug. 9-Sept. 6) with a right ankle sprain. Made his first MLS start in the season opener against Houston (March 29). Recorded his first career goal and first career assist in the Revs' 3-1 victory at Kansas City (April 9). Scored the game-tying goal at Colorado (Sept. 20) in the 1-1 draw, helping the Revs earn their first point in Colorado since 2004. Started both of the Revs' postseason matches against Chicago, as well as all five of the team's SuperLiga matches. Appeared in two U.S. Open Cup games, scoring the team's only goal in regulation against Crystal Palace Baltimore (July 8). Also made one appearance with the Revs' reserves, earning an assist against Toronto (June 29).
2007: The late-season signee made his MLS debut on Oct. 6 at Chicago, entering in the 76th minute and playing up top in place of Pat Noonan. Made only one appearance with the first team, but had four appearances with the reserve squad - all starts. Scored two goals for the reserves, including one at New York on Sept. 22. Scored the game-tying goal on a free kick in the 86th minute against the Columbus reserves on Oct. 14.
GAMBIA NATIONAL TEAM: Has nine caps with the Gambia National Team as of the end of the 2011 MLS regular-season … was called up to Gambia's full national team for the first time for its June 2008 World Cup Qualifiers (Liberia on June 1, Senegal on June 8, Algeria on June 14 and Algeria on June 20) … made his full international debut against Algeria on June 14, 2008, entering the match in the 73rd minute of the 1-0 win … started a pair of friendlies in January 2010, against Tunisia and Angola … was called up for Gambia’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Namibia on Sept. 4, 2010, but did not appear in the match, although he did appear in the team’s qualifier against Burkina Faso the following month on Oct. 9, 2010, as a substitute … earned three caps in 2011: vs. Equatorial Guinea (March 29), vs. Congo (August 10) and at Namibia (Sept. 3) … appeared in all four of Gambia's games at the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Canada, starting three in the midfield … scored the game-winning goal against Portugal that sent Gambia through to the knockout rounds … also played a key role in Gambia's advancement to the semifinals of the African Youth Championships in 2007.
PERSONAL: Although his first name is Abdoulie, he prefers to be called Kenny … is one of Ousman Mansally and Kaddy Saijo's seven children … has three brothers (Omar, Babucarr and Saikou) and three sisters (Yama, Nyanya and Mai) … also plays basketball in his spare time … his favorite soccer moment is when he scored against Portugal at the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Canada … celebrates the Islamic month of Ramadan with the customary fast during daylight hours.