Gambian international Abdoulie Kenny Mansally said he is excited to return to
the United States of America to sign for USL Championship club Charlotte
Independence after ending his European adventure.
The 30-year-old, who left US football after ten years playing in Major League Soccer, returned to the country after two years in Europe to pen a deal with the North Carolina-based side.
Charlotte Independence, who are currently playing their trades in the second-tier of American football, announced the signing of the former New England Revolution, Real Salt Lake and Houston Dynamo player last week.
He expressed excitement to help the team achieve its goals, adding that he always play hard to win which he said, is the reason he signed for the club.
“I always play to win, I play hard and that is why I’m here. I’m looking forward to the start of the season and I’m happy to be here,” Mansally said.
He scored eight goals over two seasons with top-flight Finnish sides PS Kemi Kings and FC Inter Turku. “Those are the moments you pray for and you want to be a part of. In New England, we went to the Lamar Hunt Cup final and in Salt Lake; we went to MLS Cup Final. It was a big moment and I enjoyed it.”
Mansally said he is excited to play in the USL and for the Independence and score big goals for the team.
He started his professional career with the New England Revolution late in 2007 where he spent 5 years in Boston appearing regularly for the team. He later spent four years at Real Salt Lake and transitioned from a forward to the backline.
The former Real De Banjul player made 169 MLS regular season appearances in his career, notching ten goals and eight assists.