Sep 30, 2009, 8:01 AM
Gambian international footballer Ken Abdoulie Mansally is yet to return to action at his team camp in Florida as he continues his recovery process.
Kenny is still recovering from a quad strain and might miss fellow teammate’s next chance to hone their skills on Wednesday, February 23, against the 2010 MLS Cup runners-up FC Dallas in the final match of their 11-day Orlando trip.
The New England Revolution star, according to club’s website, is yet to meet head coach Steve Nicol, who plans to give every player in the club’s Orlando camp a chance to prove themselves in a game situation.
On Monday morning, Mansally and the Revs unsigned goalkeepers Tim Murray and Clint Irwin, who watched as the New England Revolution beat members of the U.S. Under-17 national team program 2-0 courtesy of Chris Tierney.
“We have to make a couple of decisions on players,” said Nicol on www.revolutionsoccer.net/news, who has been evaluating those in camp for the past three weeks. “At the very least, they should get on the field and get some time. That happened today. We saw everybody, and now we’ll go from there.”
Nicol was more willing to heap praise on Tierney’s set-piece stunner.
“The goal’s a great goal, anywhere (in the world),” said Nicol. “You don’t see too many goals like that, do you?”
After taking on the University of Central Florida and the U.S. U-17 national team in their first two pre-season matches, Wednesday’s meeting with FC Dallas will present a different kind of challenge.
“The [U.S. U-17s] are a good side, they’re all good players,” said Tierney. “But when we step up to some stronger competition, I don’t think the level we’re playing at right now is going to be sufficient. We need to up our game a little bit, for sure,” he said.