HARRISON NJ - OCTOBER 21: Kenny Mansally #7 of the New England Revolution controls the ball against the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on October 21 2010 in Harrison New Jersey. The Red Bulls defeated the Revolution 2-0. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Today, via press release, the New England Revolution announced that they will be parting ways with midfielder Kenny Mansally. Mansally was originally brought to the club by former head coach Steve Nicol in 2007 along with fellow Gambian midfielder Sainey Nyassi. The 23-year-old made 89 regular season appearances for the Revs, which included 6 goals and 5 assists. He also has 10 caps for the Gambian National team under his belt.
It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that Mansally was waived. With the influx of midfielders this past off-season, Kenny found himself near the bottom of the pecking order and likely would not have broken into the first team this season under Jay Heaps, unless the Revs’ midfield suddenly became battered by injuries. Mansally also missed out on just about all of pre-season camp this winter as he was called up for National Team duty.
Usually slotted into the lineup as an outside winger, Mansally found himself in competition for minutes this season against Fernando Cardenas, Lee Nguyen, Ryan Guy, Jeremiah White, Alec Purdie, and Kelyn Rowe. He likely would have found most of his playing time with the reserve team and perhaps in the Revs’ US Open Cup matches.
Although he may have been found surplus for Jay Heaps’ revitalized Revolution squad, I could certainly see Mansally getting on with a new team, either in MLS or elsewhere. He is only 23 and does not have any major injury history, so a team with a need for a winger who has the roster space might find Kenny quite an intriguing option.
On behalf of The Bent Musket, we wish Kenny the best of luck in his future and thank him for everything he brought to our beloved New England Revolution.