America’s Major League Soccer [MLS] franchise New England Revolution has announced via a press release that they have parted company with Gambia international midfielder Abdoulie Kenny Mansally.
Kenny Mansally was originally brought to the club by former head coach Steve Nicol in 2007 along with fellow Gambian midfielder Sainey Nyassi. The 23-year-old made 89 regular season appearances for the Revs, which included 6 goals and 5 assists. He also has 10 caps for the Gambian National team under his belt.
It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that Kenny Mansally was waived. With the influx of midfielders this past off-season, Kenny found himself near the bottom of the pecking order and likely would not have broken into the first team this season under Jay Heaps, unless the Revs’ midfield suddenly became battered by injuries.
Kenny Mansally also missed out on just about all of pre-season camp this winter as he was called up for a duty with the Gambia National Team. Usually slotted into the lineup as an outside winger, Mansally found himself in competition for minutes this season against Fernando Cardenas, Lee Nguyen, Ryan Guy, Jeremiah White, Alec Purdie, and Kelyn Rowe.
He likely would have found most of his playing time with the reserve team and perhaps in the Revs’ US Open Cup matches. Although he may have been found surplus for Jay Heaps’ revitalized Revolution squad, some club insiders believe they could certainly see the Gambian getting on with a new team, either in MLS or elsewhere.
He is only 23 and does not have any major injury history, so a team with a need for a winger who has the roster space might find him quite an intriguing option.
“We want to wish Kenny all the best as he moves into the next stage of his career,” General Manager Michael Burns said in a statement. “Kenny was always a professional in his time with us and we wish him well.”