Kekuta Manneh is out of contract with Columbus Crew SC and Major League Soccer and it appears he is testing the waters elsewhere.
FC Union Berlin, a German second division club, put out a tweet on Tuesday that the speedy winger is on trial with the team.
Manneh began his professional career with the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2013. He made 101 appearances for the Canadian club, registering 22 goals and 12 assist over his four-plus seasons with the Whitecaps.
On March 30, it was announced that Manneh had been traded to Crew SC in exchange for midfielder Tony Tchani, $225,000 in Targeted Allocation Money and $75,000 in General Allocation Money. The Black & Gold knew at the time that Manneh’s contract was up at the end of the season, but stated the club and player would play out the year and see how things go.
Manneh played in 24 games for Columbus, including five in the MLS postseason, but started only nine. Over that stretch, he scored four goals and added three assists.
The 22 year old made it clear to Massive Report in late September that he desired more playing time than he was getting with Crew SC due to the depth at his position.
“I can’t be in an environment where I’m left frustrated,” Manneh said. “I love this game way too much. Even if I have to go a step down to be able to get regular minutes, be happy week in, week out, this game makes me happy. It’s definitely something I will consider making my decision. I need to be in an environment where I need to play week in, week out like Vancouver.”
Despite his frustration over a lack of playing time, Manneh was always a professional during his six months with the Black & Gold.
Manneh was not listed in a recent press release by Crew SC discussing players whose options had been picked up or the club was in negotiations with. It appears, to little surprise, that Manneh and the club have elected to part ways as the winger tries his luck across the pond in Europe.
With Manneh likely leaving, the Black & Gold will not have to part ways with the team’s first-round selection in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. This was part of the trade stipulations if the winger re-signed with Columbus.
Also part of the trade was the clause that the Whitecaps will receive additional General Allocation Money if Manneh is traded by Columbus prior to Dec. 31, 2018 and Vancouver will retain a percentage of any future transfer fee if the player is transferred outside of MLS.