Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Kekuta Manneh, DA goal machine
by Paul Kennedy, February 8th, 2012 1:31AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  youth boys

MOST COMMENTED

[FOUR THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ...] In his two seasons in the Development Academy since arriving from Gambia, no one has managed to stop Kekuta Manneh. He had 35 goals in 23 games last season for Texas Rush AJ Auxerre's U-15/16s, and he has 21 goals in 16 games since moving to Lonestar's U-17/18s. No wonder he is considered by many the top prospect in the Class of 2013. For four things to know about Manneh ...

GAMBIAN CONNECTION. U.S. clubs have tapped into the emerging talent in Gambia like no other African country. The Gambian pipeline began in 2007 when  Kenny Mansally and Sainey Nyassi were discovered by the New England Revolution playing for Gambia's Baby Scorpions at the 2007 Under-20 World Cup in Canada. Other Gambians have followed to MLS, most notably Futty Danso, who had an excellent first season for Portland in 2011.

RUSH MOVEMENT. The Rush Soccer Club, based in Colorado, considers itself the largest club in the world with programs across the country and in numerous foreign countries. Gambia Rush has sent players to Colorado Rush and Georgia Rush besides Manneh, who joined Texas Rush last season. He was named to the DA Best XI with Rush before moving to Texas rival Lonestar this season.

'PURE FINISHER.' At 5-foot-9 and only 140 pounds, Manneh isn't big, but his ability on the ball makes a scoring threat. "Kekuta is the best pure finisher I have ever coached," Rush technical director Don Gemmell told ESPN Rise last spring. "Kekuta has extremely quick feet and can run at full speed with the ball, changing direction without hesitation. Kekuta can finish with either foot and rarely will miss opportunities once he's gotten into the penalty box."

GOAL MACHINE. Manneh was responsible for 35 of the Rush's 53 goals last season and has scored over half Lonestar's goals: 21 of 41. Lonestar is 5-5-1 in conference play in one of the nation's toughest leagues, the Texas Division, but it has won all five non-league games. Sure enough, Manneh scored in all five games.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Youth Soccer Reporter
Roster: U.S. U-17s convene in New Jersey     
Coach Richie Williams has called in a 20-player squad for a May 2-11 camp at the ...
Youth soccer shakeup in South Texas    
Top youth clubs from the greater Houston, Austin and San Antonio areas will this fall begin ...
U.S. U-15s beat Austria in Torneo Delle Nazioni final     
The U.S. U-15 boys national team won the Tourneo delle Nazioni with a 3-2 final win ...
U.S. U-15 boys beat Italy to reach tourney final    
The U.S. U-15 boys national team, coached by John Hackworth, scored 12 goals in its three ...
Gall's goal gives U.S. U-20s 1-0 win over Croatia    
Romain Gall's second-half goal was the difference as the U.S. under-20 national team wrapped up its ...
Alianza talent search enters eighth season     
More than 5,000 teens are expected to attend Alianza de Futbol's Sueno tryouts in 11 cities ...
Roster: U.S. U-18 boys head to Bosnia    
U-18 boys national team coach Javier Perez has selected a 18-player squad to travel Bosnia & ...
Ramos calls up Allen, Pfeffer and Roldan for U-20 trip    
Tab Ramos has won the release of most of his MLS-based players for the U.S. U-20 ...
Roster: Heinrichs selects 24 for U.S. U-18 women     
U.S. Soccer Women's Technical Director April Heinrichs will run a U-18 women's training camp April 19-26 ...
Roster: U.S. U-14 boys convene for third 2015 camp    
Coach Brian Johnson has named a 36-player squad for the U.S. U-14 boys national team's third ...
>> Youth Soccer Reporter Archives