Mamadou Danso

Mamadou "Futty" Danso (born April 27, 1983) is a Gambian professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Malaysia Premier League club UiTM.

Mamadou Danso
Personal information
Full name Mamadou Danso
Date of birth (1983-04-27) April 27, 1983 (age 37)
Place of birth Serrekunda, Gambia
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position(s) Centre back
Club information
Current team
UiTM
Number 2
Youth career
2005–2006 NC Wesleyan Battling Bishops
2007–2008 SPSU Hornets
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 Cary RailHawks U23s 8 (2)
2009–2010 Portland Timbers 40 (2)
2011–2014 Portland Timbers 60 (4)
2014 Montreal Impact 3 (0)
2015 Carolina Railhawks 19 (1)
2016 Rayo OKC 32 (4)
2017 Kelantan 22 (0)
2018 North Carolina FC 9 (0)
2018– UiTM 7 (0)
National team
2011– Gambia 18 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 June 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 March 2019

CareerEdit

College and amateurEdit

Danso was recruited to play soccer for North Carolina Wesleyan College and also went on to play two years of college soccer at Southern Polytechnic State University, where he was a two-time All-Southern States Athletic Conference selection. Danso became SPSU’s first All-America selection in 2008, after leading the conference in scoring with 19 goals, and finished his college career with 35 goals in total.

During his college years Danso also played in the USL Premier Development League for Cary RailHawks U23s.

ProfessionalEdit

Danso was acquired by Major League Soccer (MLS) club D.C. United via the waiver ranking order,[1] having left college early to turn professional, but was transferred to Portland Timbers of the USL First Division in April 2009 without ever signing a contract with MLS.[2]

Danso made his professional debut on April 25, 2009, coming on as a late substitute in Portland's game against the Vancouver Whitecaps.[3] He scored his first professional goal on May 24, 2009, in a 2-1 victory over the Puerto Rico Islanders.[4] He stayed with the Timbers when they moved to MLS in 2011, playing as a defender there for three and a half seasons and helping them win the Western Conference standings and advance to the Western Conference Final in 2013. When Danso played with fellow Gambian Pa Modou Kah, the two Timbers centerbacks became known as "The Great Wall of Gambia".[5]

In June 2014, Danso was traded to the Montreal Impact in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.[6]

In March 2015, Danso was announced as a new signing of the Carolina Railhawks.[7]

In January 2017, Danso was unveiled as one of Kelantan FA import player and replacing Cédric Djeugoue who failed to be signed by the club after he had a problem with his documents.[8]

InternationalEdit

On August 30, 2010, Danso was given his first chance at international play by being selected to the Gambia national football team's September 5, 2010 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Namibia.

Career statisticsEdit

As of 28 October 2017.[9]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Carolina RailHawks U23 2008[10] Premier Development League 8 2 8 2
Total 8 2 8 2
Portland Timbers (USL) 2009[11] USSF Division 2 Professional League 16 1 16 1
2010[12] USSF Division 2 Professional League 24 1 24 1
Total 40 2 40 2
Portland Timbers 2011[13] Major League Soccer 24 3 0 0 24 3
2012[14] Major League Soccer 10 0 0 0 10 0
2013[15] Major League Soccer 16 0 2 1 18 1
2013[16] MLS Reserve League 6 0 6 0
2014[17] Major League Soccer 10 1 0 0 10 1
Total 66 4 2 1 68 5
Montreal Impact 2014[18] Major League Soccer 3 0 0 0 3 0
2014[19] MLS Reserve League 5 1 5 1
Total 8 1 0 0 8 1
Carolina Railhawks 2015[20] North American Soccer League 19 1 1 0 20 1
Total 19 1 1 0 20 1
Rayo OKC 2016[21] North American Soccer League 32 4 1 0 33 4
Total 32 4 1 0 33 4
Kelantan 2017 Malaysia Super League 22 0 1 0 6 1 29 1
Total 22 0 1 0 6 1 0 0 29 1
UiTM 2018 Malaysia Premier League 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Career total 199 14 5 1 6 1 0 0 210 16

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list the Gambia's goal tally first.[22]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 20 January 2013 Stade Général Seyni Kountché, Niamey, Niger   Niger 2–0 3–1 Friendly
2. 22 March 2019 Mustapha Tchaker Stadium, Blida, Algeria   Algeria 1–1 1–1 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

PersonalEdit

Danso holds a U.S. green card which qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[23]

HonorsEdit

Portland TimbersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mamadou Danso acquired Archived February 20, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Timbers complete roster with Danso". Archived from the original on April 26, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2009.
  3. ^ "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Uslsoccer.com. April 25, 2009. Archived from the original on October 3, 2012. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  4. ^ "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Uslsoccer.com. May 24, 2009. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  5. ^ "Great Wall of Gambia Falls: Futty Traded to Montreal". ProstAmerika.com. June 2, 2014. Retrieved November 4, 2015.
  6. ^ Press Release (April 27, 1983). "Impact acquires defender Mamadou Danso from the Portland Timbers | Montreal Impact". Impactmontreal.com. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  7. ^ http://www.wralsportsfan.com/carolina-railhawks-sign-trio-of-veterans-for-2015/14492277/
  8. ^ "Danso Dan Celin Jadi Import Terbaru Kelantan". stadiumastro.com. January 20, 2017. Archived from the original on January 23, 2017. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  9. ^ "Mamadou Danso". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  10. ^ "Player Details: Season 2008: Mamadou Danso". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
  11. ^ "Player Details: Season 2008: Mamadou Danso". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
  12. ^ "Player Details: Season 2008: Mamadou Danso". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
  13. ^ "Player Details: Season 2008: Mamadou Danso". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
  14. ^ "Player Details: Season 2008: Mamadou Danso". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
  15. ^ "Player Details: Season 2008: Mamadou Danso". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
  16. ^ "Mamadou Danso". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  17. ^ "Player Details: Season 2008: Mamadou Danso". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
  18. ^ "Player Details: Season 2008: Mamadou Danso". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
  19. ^ "Mamadou Danso". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  20. ^ "Mamadou Danso". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  21. ^ "Mamadou Danso". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  22. ^ "Mamadou Danso". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  23. ^ Kip Kesgard, community blogger. "Timbers announce formation of new Television affiliation while awaiting the return of traveling players | OregonLive.com". Blog.oregonlive.com. Retrieved July 9, 2012.

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