February 25, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.
Sierra Leonean-born youngster, Victor Mansaray, over the weekend scored his first senior goal for Major League Soccer side Seattle Sounders FC in their pre-season clash against Sporting Kansas City in the Desert Diamond Cup.
Mansaray, who last Sunday celebrated his 18 years birthday, was having his second bow with the Sounders senior team having undergone training with them since he official signed a deal with the club last year.
According to the News Tribune, Seattle Sounders were already trailing Sporting Kansas City 3-0 when the Sierra Leonean youngster came in as a substitute in the second half, and he only lasted for eight minutes when his goal came as he headed in a corner kick from Seattle native Aaron Kovar.
“I was just trying to make an impact, and that’s what I did,” Mansaray was quoted by the News Tribune. “I was at the right spot at the right time. I was just trying to finish my chances.”
The youngster had another chance minutes later but he decided to make an assist to veteran Kenny Cooper whose shot banged off the far post.
Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said he was very happy with the 18-year-old’s attitude and approach to the game, adding that the lad is a talented player.
“I think he’s a very talented player who sometimes loses focus in the game, and we talked about being focused, and I thought he was a man possessed when he got on the field,” Schmid said. “He’s still trying to finish high school, and he’ll train with [USL Sounders 2] this week there. But I was very happy with his attitude and his approach to the game.”
Mansaray was born in 1997 in Sierra Leone and also spent time in Jamaica before his family moved to Puyallup and then Fife. He entered the Sounders FC Academy during the 2012-13 season and scored 11 goals in 20 matches.
The next season, he led the U-16 club with 18 goals in 24 games. In November, the forward signed as the club’s fourth local player. Mansaray also has played for the United States U-18 national team.