Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manneh Feeling It for Streaking Whitecaps Ahead of Matchup with Rival Timbers

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manneh Feeling It for Streaking Whitecaps Ahead of Matchup with Rival Timbers

Article excerpt

Manneh feeling it for streaking Whitecaps

--

Kekuta Manneh's skill level was never in question.

The 21-year-old Vancouver Whitecaps forward possesses tremendous speed, a good first touch and a nose for goal.

The issue for much of Manneh's career has been putting it all together on a consistent basis, but those attributes meshed perfectly in last weekend's 4-3 victory at Toronto FC.

Manneh scored twice and added an assist to grab Major League Soccer's player of the week honours as the Whitecaps picked up a third win in eight days to turn around a sluggish start to the season.

"It was a joy to watch," said Vancouver head coach Carl Robinson. "Those are the levels I expect and require from him if we're going to be successful.

"He can win games for you, which we saw."

The Whitecaps (6-5-2) will be hoping for more of the same from Manneh when they visit the struggling Portland Timbers (3-6-3) -- who have lost three in a row -- on Sunday.

Against Toronto, the Gambian jumped on a lazy pass early and raced in on goal to slot home his first goal before breaking a 2-2 tie in the 70th minute by turning defender and former teammate Steven Beitashour inside out with a great fake on the way to coolly scoring again.

"Confidence is growing," said Manneh. "We had a slow start, but now we're in the races. We're scoring goals and everybody's on top of their game."

Vancouver was a team in some disarray just two weeks ago heading into a home game against the rival Timbers. The Whitecaps had won just one of their last six matches, with Robinson openly questioning his players' focus.

But they came back from a 1-0 halftime deficit to beat Portland 2-1 and grabbed a late victory against the Chicago Fire prior to the seven-goal barnburner in Toronto.

"We stuck together when things weren't going our way," said Manneh, who added an assist against Chicago and has three goals on the year. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.