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USA skipper hails Sierra Leone youngster

NOVEMBER 14, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jnr

United States of America (USA) skipper and Seattle Sounders forward, Clint Dempsey, has praised Sierra Leonean youngster, striker Victor Mansaray, who recently signed a deal with the Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit.

The 17-year-old, who could get the opportunity to train alongside Dempsey next season when he could possibly join the Sounders senior team, caught the eye of USA captain and Sounders forward Clint Dempsey.

According toheraldnet.com, Dempsey said a bright future awaits Mansaray and that with hardwork the 17-year-old dual citizen (Sierra Leonean-American) can reach his potential.

“He’s a kid for the future,” Dempsey said. “He has to keep working hard and progressing as a player. The future is bright. But being … at a young age in this environment is only going to help you reach your full potential. Hopefully he takes advantage of that. He’s a good kid, so I wish him the best.”

Mansaray will train with the first-team at Sounders although he is not eligible to play in Major League Soccer until 2015, but he could be a candidate for playing time with the new Sounders 2 team in the USL-Pro League, although he’s setting his sights higher.

“My goal is to be on the first team,” he said, “and to come in every day and try to get a spot.”

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