Amadou Sanyang may not have been the big-name signing Seattle Sounders FC fans have been expecting, but he will bring one thing; versatility.
“He’s (Sanyang) a player who’s good on the defensive end of the ball,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said Monday. “He covers the ball well in the midfield. That’s something that we (liked) when he played with Toronto. He’s got decent size and physical presence. He is pretty good in the air, as well.
“So he gives us a little more depth in the midfield area and if possible, plays in the back. So it gives us some depth there in the midfield and back. We’ll see how he does. We’ll see how he does with his fitness and how quickly he will adjust.”
Sanyang said he is willing to play anywhere on the field that the coaches want him to play.
A native of Gambia, Sanyang, who turned 20 on Monday, was signed at the age of 17 by Toronto FC on March 3, 2009, from Real de Banjul. He signed with the Gambian club in 2005.
Because he was under 18, Major League Soccer didn’t allow Sanyang to play with Toronto until Aug. 1, 2009.
Sanyang ended up playing 21 matches for Toronto, but failed to record a goal or assist.
Following the 2010 season, Sanyang was let go by Toronto on Dec. 3 after he suffered a concussion in the latter part of the season. He said that has been part of what he has been taking care of since being released by Toronto.
“I just had to go see doctors because I got a concussion before the end of the season,” Sanyang said. “So I just did that. From there, I’ve just been working out with teams and trying to recover with my fitness.”
Sanyang said he has known former Sounders forward Sanna Nyassi since they were children, and Nyassi had given him a good impression about the team.
“I’m just excited to be here,” said the 6-foot Sanyang. “Good practice, good environment, the fans are fantastic. I’m just excited.”
Schmid is closing in on another MLS milestone: 150 league wins. Schmid, the all-time MLS leader in coaching victories, has 149. The Sounders return to MLS action at Sporting Kansas City on Saturday. … The Philadelphia Union will visit CenturyLink Field on Oct. 8 instead of the originally scheduled July 23. The move was made to allow the Union’s involvement in the World Football Challenge. All tickets for the July 23 match will be honored Oct. 8. … On the injury front, defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado is getting close to returning from his sprained medial collateral ligament suffered July 10 at Portland. Forward O’Brian White was running at full strength and was declared fit and available to play, as is midfielder Brad Evans.
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