WASHINGTON, May 28, 2013 — An exasperated Ben Olsen promised he would bring in new players after D.C. United’s 2-0 loss at home to Portland on Saturday night. The D.C. coach did just that on Tuesday, signing Gambian midfielder Sainey Nyassi. The 24-year-old joins United after playing seven seasons with the New England Revolution.
United (1-9-2, 5 points) is currently the worst team in MLS and riding a 10-game winless streak.
Nyassi will be available for United’s third-round Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match at USL PRO affiliate the Richmond Kickers tonight at 7 p.m.
“[Nyassi] possesses the speed and ability to unlock opposing defenses, and he will provide us with solid cover at wide midfield,” said D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper.
Nyassi made his MLS debut on Sept. 9, 2007 against United, playing the final eight minutes on the right wing. In his seven years with New England, Nyassi appeared in 104 games (75 starts), tallying eight goals and adding four assists. He has been tapped three times for Gambia’s senior national team. Nyassi’s twin brother, Sanna, currently plays for the Montreal Impact.
The Facts on Sainey Nyassi
Weight: 145 lbs.
Birthdate: January 31, 1989
Hometown: Bwiam, Gambia
Previous Club: New England Revolution
Acquired: Signed on May 28, 2013
John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times for 20 years. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.
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