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Tony Sanneh
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Personal information
Full name Anthony Sanneh
Date of birth June 1, 1971 (1971-06-01) (age 38)
Place of birth St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender/Wide Midfielder
Club information
Current club Los Angeles Galaxy
Number 22
Youth career
1990-1993 UW–Milwaukee Panthers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994 Milwaukee Rampage 18 (14)
1994-1996 Chicago Power (indoor) 43 (31)
1995-1996 Minnesota Thunder 24 (6)
1996-1998 D.C. United 86 (20)
1999-2001 Hertha BSC 31 (1)
2001-2004 Nurnberg 52 (5)
2004 Columbus Crew 8 (2)
2005-2006 Chicago Fire 31 (0)
2007 Minnesota Thunder 2 (0)
2007-2008 Colorado Rapids 9 (0)
2009- Los Angeles Galaxy 13 (0)
National team
1997-2005 United States 43 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 October, 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 November, 2007

Anthony "Tony" Sanneh (born June 1, 1971 in St. Paul, Minnesota) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer.




Youth and College

Sanneh grew up in St. Paul, where he attended St. Paul Academy and Summit School. He graduated in 1990 having been selected twice to the All State team. He went on to play college soccer for the NCAA Division I University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Panthers in the Horizon League, where, as a striker, he became the school's all-time scoring leader, with 53 goals and 32 assists from 1990 to 1993. He was named an NCAA Second-Team All-American in 1993.


In 1994, his first year out of college, Sanneh played with USISL's Milwaukee Rampage, where he scored 14 goals and 14 assists while teaming up with Brian McBride. That winter, he joined the indoor soccer Chicago Power of the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL). He played 34 games, scoring 27 goals in the 1994-1995 season. He also played goalkeeper in four games for a total of 79:15 minutes.[1] In the 1995-1996 indoor season, he played in only 9 games, scoring 4 goals, but also played 4:19 minutes as a goalkeeper.[2] In 1995 he played with a former UWM Panthers teammate, Manny Lagos, on the Minnesota Thunder, amassing 18 goals and 22 assists with the team. In 1996, midway through the inaugural MLS season, Sanneh was signed by D.C. United. Originally a forward, Tony played a variety of positions for United, mostly at right midfield. He went on to score goals in the first two MLS Cup, leading DC to consecutive titles. Sanneh ended his original MLS stay after the 1998 season, signing with Bundesliga club Hertha BSC in January 1999.

Sanneh spent the next three years with Hertha, where he was a starter when healthy. His playing time was limited at times due to many injuries and a national team tug of war. He scored just one goal in league play, and is remembered for assisting on Ali Daei's first Champions League goal in a 2-1 victory over Chelsea. He transferred to FC Nuremberg in 2001, where he played nearly every game the first year and a half leading the back line until he sustained a back injury that kept him out of action for 13 months. During his injury layoff Nuremberg was demoted to the second league. Upon his return Sanneh started the last 7 games, winning five in a row, to give Nuremberg promotion and the second Bundesliga crown. He tallied a total of 5 goals. In 2004, he came back to MLS, signing with the Columbus Crew, to play alongside long-time friend, college and Thunder teammate Manny Lagos. The crew finished the season with the league's best record and a 19 game winning steak but lost in the playoffs after they missed two penalty kicks, one of which marred Sanneh's time there. Sanneh was traded following the end of the season to the Chicago Fire, in exchange for Ante Razov and part of an allocation. He play out the 2006 season assisting on the final goal of the Fire's 2-0 Open Cup win over the L.A. Galaxy. Sanneh's MLS league totals stand at 16 goals and 27 assists.

However, following the 2006 season, Sanneh and the Fire failed to reach a new agreement on his contract, prompting his release from the team. On July 24, 2007, USL First Division team Minnesota Thunder announced that they had signed Sanneh. The Colorado Rapids then acquired his rights from the Fire. He made his debut for the Rapids on Aug 16, 2007 against the New England Revolution at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. He played in 10 out of their final 12 games, and did not agree to terms the following season.

He signed with Los Angeles Galaxy in February 2009.


Sanneh made his debut for the United States national team on January 29, 1997 against China and has played all over the field, often at right back. He became an important part of the team by the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and was one of US's best players in the tournament, playing in every minute of every game. In the first US game of the tournament, the US's stunning upset of Portugal, his precise cross from the right side of the field provided an assist to Brian McBride's goal. He has scored three goals in 43 caps for the US.

His appearance at the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup was his final showing for the U.S. men's national team.


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