The Revolution have acquired Gambian striker/midfielder Kekuta Manneh from FC Cincinnati Monday morning, sending one of their 2020 international slots to the Queen City in exchange. In addition, the Revs swapped midfielder Wilfried Zahibo and a 2020 international slot to Houston Dynamo in exchange for New York State native Tommy McNamara, a midfielder, along with $175,000 in allocation money split between this season and next.
“Kekuta is a player I’ve known for a number of years who can play a number of attacking positions, possesses good speed and quickness, and also has a solid goal scoring record in our league,” said Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena. “I’m hopeful he can adjust quickly to our club and help strengthen our roster as we prepare for the last 18 games of the regular season.
“We are pleased to acquire Tommy McNamara as a member of the New England Revolution. I’d also like to thank Wilfried Zahibo for his contributions to our club and wish him the very best with the Houston Dynamo. Tommy is a veteran player in our league who can play in a number of positions in the midfield. He is an intelligent player who will add a different dimension to our roster, and we look forward to welcoming him to the Revolution.”
Even at the age of 25, Manneh has spent most of the last decade in Major League Soccer. While his goal scoring output went down with Cincinnati — four goals in 29 appearances — he has scored a total of 30 goals since he joined Vancouver after the Whitecaps moved up to select him in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.
McNamara, too, has spent the last seven years in the league, opening his career with Chivas USA before moving on to New York City FC in 2015. Houston selected him in the Re-entry Draft in 2018. McNamara attended Brown University.
It should also be noted that both Manneh and McNamara have experience playing in the CONCACAF Champions League competition: Manneh with Vancouver, McNamara with Houston.