As the youngest ever Homegrown Player signed by the Seattle Sounders Victor Mansaray is underrated by many who do not watch him play and believe him to be behind schedule, while often ignoring that he is still just 19. Mansaray mostly plays as the center forward, though has been used as a number 10. He is also a regular with the US U20s.
The ranking is based on several hundred Sounder at Heart readers’ votes. Realio rated every single MLS regular season and playoff game as well as the two CONCACAF Champions League matches. He did not rate USL or USOC play.
Victor Mansaray 2016
Mansaray displays a desire to find goals, looking to score with any touch within the final third, and sometimes further out. His passing tree and vision continue to develop. Currently ahead of what is expected at his age. Can lose shape when he lacks touches, drifting away from desired locations. Picks up loose balls and puts them back on frame. Quite good at challenging keepers. Continues to learn how to execute in tight spaces.
Can quit on plays, and is defensively absent from the game a bit often. His game more suits starting a break rather than defending the goal on set-pieces. Useful in a wall.
Continues develop even more strength on a well-built frame. Has good speed and loves to use it. Needs to be willing to engage in contact a bit more often.
Best Case 2017:
A loan to a team just below MLS level so he can be forced into situations that test him. That could mean an independent D2 (USL or NASL) side, or a year-long loan outside of the US soccer system.