[MLS]Sainey Nyassi's quick pace has added a new dimension the New England Revolution's attack. The 19-year-old Gambian midfielder has made 17 appearances (15 starts) for the Revs in 2008. Get to know Nyassi in this profile by Soccer America's Bryan Alvarez that covers on- and off-field experiences.
(New England Revolution)
LAST CLUB: Ports Authority FC (Gambia)
INTERNATIONAL: U-17, U-20
STARTING OUT: I started playing soccer because it was my favorite. My dad was a soccer player, too.
EARLY SOCCER MEMORY:My favorite soccer memory was playing against Brazil in the U-17 World Cup. We won, 3-1.
FIRST CLEATS: I had a pair of Nikes.
CURRENT CLEATS:Adidas Predators.
OTHER SPORTS: I like volleyball and basketball.
FAVORITE TEAM: Arsenal.
FAVORITE PLAYER:Thierry Henry.
FAVORITE MOVIES: "Soul Plane."
FAVORITE ACTOR: Denzel Washington.
FAVORITE ACTRESS:Angelina Jolie.
LIVING SITUATION: Right now, I live with a host family. Next year, I hope to move into my own apartment.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Hopefully, it will be [my teammate] Kheli Dube. He's done a good job this year.
MLS EXPERIENCE: It's a good league. It's a big improvement for me. It's definitely another level.
MOST INFLUENTIAL COACH: My U-17 coach, Osam Duodu. He's Ghanaian.
MEMORABLE COACHING ADVICE (from youth coach): In high school, a coach told me that you could make a lot of money in soccer. He told me that if you work hard, you could make it your future.
HOBBIES: I like going to the movies, shopping and the beach.
MUSIC:African music, R&B, Pop.
READING:I like reading magazines.
FAMOUS PEOPLE YOU'D INVITE TO DINNER: I can only think of one. Thierry Henry.