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October 7, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Sanna Nyassi staying with Sounders FC this week

nyassi cup.jpgPhoto credit: Jim Bates, The Seattle Times

The hero of the U.S. Open Cup final, Sanna Nyassi, was surprisingly in training Thursday. We had been told that the young midfielder would be joining the Gambian national team in Burkina Faso for an African Cup of Nations qualifier.

After practice Nyassi caught us up on the situation:

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(How did you end up still here in Seattle?) “I was supposed to travel with the team to Burkina Faso but I couldn’t make it because I didn’t have enough time to process my visa. Already my ticket is canceled by the federation. I called them but they told me it’s already canceled so I can’t change it.”

(Is it both good news and bad news a little bit for you?) “I think it’s both ways because the coach already told me that if I did get the visa to train with the team in Belgium for four days he couldn’t guarantee me a spot. So it’s better for me to stay here and play for the club.”

(Does the scoring form you’ve been on make it easier to stay?) “Yeah it can make it a little easier, but it’s all about hard work and concentration. The Cup we won Tuesday was great, but we’ve put that behind us and are focusing on MLS to make the playoffs.”

(What are the keys against attacking Kansas City?) “Hard work. Determination. Keep doing what we’ve been doing. Make sure we attack them on the outside and hit some good crosses, good combos and work offensively and defensively as a team.”

(Was Tuesday the best day of your career?) “I would say yeah. It was the best day of my career. Scoring two goals to help my team win the U.S. Open Cup trophy was great for me.”

(Is Sigi going to cut you some slack now?) “He was saying that he can’t wait another two years to see a goal so I made sure I didn’t let that happen. Instead I scored in four days. (laughs)”

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