The highly explosive, highly energetic former Wallidan attacker Sainey “Ballack” Touray has decided to re-sign with USL Professional Division Harrisburg City Islanders for the 2012 season, pending USSF approval, bringing the 22-year old forward back after he played a big role in the team’s offense last season.
Sainey Touray made 21 appearances for the City Islanders in 2011, his first full season with the club. He also spent a portion of 2010 with the team on loan from the Carolina RailHawks. He bagged seven goals and six assists last season, finishing second on the team with 20 points.
The 22-year-old Gambian is well-traveled despite his young age, beginning his career at age 13 with Tallinding United of the Gambian Second Division. He made appearances on both Gambia’s U-17 and U-20 teams and also had a brief appearance in 2008 with Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls.
The City Islanders look for Touray to build off of his great performance last season as the team won the USL PRO National Division title.
“Sainey was a big part of our success,” Head Coach Bill Becher commented on the forward’s performance last season. He scored goals, set them up, and caused a lot of problems for opposing defenses. We look forward to him having an even more productive season in 2012.”
Sainey Touray’s club will open its ninth preseason training camp on March 19 with their 2012 campaign beginning Friday, April 20 in North Carolina against the Charlotte Eagles. The Eagles will also be the opponent for Harrisburg’s home opener on Friday, May 4.