Austin, Texas - Austin FC, the 27th club in Major League Soccer (MLS), announced today the signing of Gambian-born forward Kekuta Manneh, a player who lived in Austin while playing for Lonestar Soccer Club in 2011 and Austin Aztex in 2012. Per League and Club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Manneh becomes Austin FC’s 23rd addition to the Club’s roster ahead of the inaugural season in 2021.
“We would like to welcome Kekuta to our growing roster,” commented Austin FC Sporting Director, Claudio Reyna. “He is coming home to Austin. He brings with him strong MLS experience, adding depth and knowledge of our League, and we look forward to having him join his teammates and coaching staff very soon.”
“I am excited to join Austin FC and can’t wait to give everything I have for the Club and for this city,” commented Manneh. “This city gave me everything when I first arrived in this country,
and I cannot wait to come back.”
Playing 163 combined regular and postseason MLS matches (91 starts) since 2013, Manneh (pronounced “keh-KOO-tuh MAH-NAY”) has scored 31 goals and added 19 assists for the New England Revolution, FC Cincinnati, Columbus Crew SC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. With Vancouver, he won the 2015 Amway Canadian Championship. Between 2017-19, Manneh played six (6) matches (one (1) start) with FC St. Gallen (Switzerland) and C.F. Pachuca (Mexico).
Prior to joining MLS, the native of Bakau, Gambia, spent time playing with USL PDL side Austin Aztex in 2012. Internationally, Manneh was called up to the Gambian U-20 National Team in
2011 and 2014. After he was granted US citizenship in 2017, Manneh was called into a United
States Men's National Team camp.