As Seattle Sounders FC continue to pursue their first-ever MLS Cup they've made a move for the future with the signing of Homegrown Player Victor Mansaray on Wednesday. The Sounders Academy product scored 18 goals with the U16s and four more in eight appearances with the U18s this season before making his debut with the United States U18 team. He won't be eligible to play until 2015.
Mansaray is Seattle's fourth Homegrown Player, joining DeAndre Yedlin, Sean Okoli and Aaron Kovar.
"I think the time was right for me to take the next step going forward and it's a dream come true for me to sign with Sounders FC," said Mansaray in a team release. "I'm surrounded by the right people and I'm looking forward to working hard and getting better. That's why I'm here."
Victor ripped apart the U16s last season scoring 18 goals. That was 6th best in the West, 1st on Sounders FC and he was recognized as one of the Best XI in the USSDA West for the 2013-14 season. The year prior he scored 11 goals as a 15-year-old.
A current resident of Fife he was born in Sierre Leone, but is already part of the future of the United States. He was called to the International Tournament of Vaclav Jezek roster. Mansaray also played for the Sounders Reserves in 2014.
The release makes no mention if the 17-year-old will be part of Sounders FC or Sounders 2 in 2015.
In August Mansaray told Sounder at Heart that he needed to continue to work on his left foot and to improve his ability to read the game. He said that the ability to observe and question players like Dempsey and Martins should help that improve.