May 17, 2011
Mamadou "Futty" Danso Gets Named to MLS Team of the Week-Week#9
2008 SSAC Men's Soccer Player of the Year and NAIA All-American, Mamadou "Futty" Danso was named to the MLS Team of the Week-Week #9. He scored the game winner against the Philadelphia Union and the equalizer against the Seattle Sounders.
As a 6'3" Center Back for his expansion team, the Portland Timbers, Danso is expected
to dominate in the air when opposing teams serve the ball into his penalty area.
Danso does this an more. He has scored the last two goals for his side and they have
been big. His first goal came against the visiting Philadelphia Union and was the
deciding factor in a 1-0 victory. The next match, against the Seattle Sounders, with
whom the Timbers have had a three decade rivalry, Danso scored the tying goal in the
65th minute and gave his side a valuable point on the road.
As a matter of fact, ever since he was injected into the starting line up, the Timbers have posted a 4-1-1 record. Before that point, they were 0-2-1. Danso missed the first two matches with National Team (The Gambia) obligations.
"Futty is getting it done on both sides. He is a solid center back and a goal scoring threat on set pieces. He is really coming into his own as a professional player. We are all so proud of him," said Southern Poly Head Men's Soccer Coach, Kom Momeni. "We knew Futty was special and being named as one of the top 11 players in Major League Soccer for week 9, is just such a great honor for him."
During his time in the SSAC, he was named All-American, All-Conference, Newcomer of the Year, Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Week, and Offensive Player of the Week. He was also honored as an MLS Goal of the Week nominee in Week 8.
"I am glad that Futty is making an impact in the professional soccer scene in America and that he does it with so much class. He is a huge fan favorite in Portland. I know that he is representing SPSU and the SSAC very well," added Momeni.