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The kestrel’s wild cries
Turned the adept’s mind to stone
Just before he died.

August 3, 2009   Comments Off

Tony Sanneh

Sanneh

While watching the Barcelona/LA Galaxy game this weekend, I was surprised to see Tony Sanneh in central defense for the Galaxy. Tony did a good job of shutting down Messi in the first half (when they were both on the field). Of course, this is the same Tony Sanneh I enjoyed watching at St. Paul Academy with his good friend Manuel Lagos. Manuel’s father, Buzz, coached the team. Buzz also fostered Tony through the Olympic Development program and into the soccer program at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Tony eventually found his way to the Minnesota Thunder, also coached by Lagos, and then to D.C. United where he formed a bond with Bruce Arena who became the national coach. After playing superbly in Germany and the 2002 World Cup, Tony injured his back and gradually fell out of favor both in Germany and in the United States, where his salary demands exceeded his perceived potential to MSL teams. I have no idea what he was doing in 2008, but Arena signed him for the Galaxy in February of this year. I still remember watching Tony on the field with my son (who was two years younger), running to space to receive the ball. He was rangy then and fast, even though it looked as if he were doing everything in slow motion. After all of his trials and disappointments with injury, it’s good seeing Tony Sanneh playing at a high level again. It just goes to show that sometimes good things happen to good people.

August 3, 2009   Comments Off