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August 2, 2011 at 12:39 AM

A stop and chat with your newest Sounder, Amadou Sanyang

Reporters got a chance to talk to Amadou Sanyang on Monday — his 20th birthday — after the young Gambian midfielder/defender signed with Sounders FC over the weekend. Sanyang was a free agent after being released by Toronto FC in December.

He has been training in Seattle for a while now, most often as a holding midfielder from what I’ve seen. Here’s a transcript of the group interview:

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(You’ve been in camp for a few weeks now, what have your impressions been?) “First of all I want to give thanks to the mighty Allah, and secondly I’m just excited to be here. Good practice. Good environment. The fans are fantastic. I’m just excited.”

(What did you know about Seattle before you came here?) “Before coming here I had a little chat with Sanna Nyassi. He’s been telling me lots of good things about it: good management and the fans are fantastic. I think in Major League Soccer everybody sees that. It’s just a good environment for a young player to come in and try to compete.”

(How long have you known Sanna?) “We’ve been together since we were younger, back in Gambia, so we know each other pretty well. We talk from time to time and he’s been giving me a good impression about the team, which is good.”

(What was it like playing at Qwest with Toronto?) “It was two years ago when I played against the guys here. It was good. I was excited about it as a young player coming in and seeing that kind of crowd.”

(What have you been doing since Toronto released you?) “Pretty much in that time I had to see the doctors because I had a concussion before the end of the season. I did that and from there I’ve been working out with teams and trying to recover my fitness.”

(Is fitness now the No. 1 concern for you?) “A little bit. I’ve been training with the guys now trying to catch up with it. It’s been good.”

(We’ve seen you practice as a midfielder, but hear you can also play as a defender. Are you open to playing both?) “Yeah, most definitely. To me it doesn’t matter. It’s up to the coaches; whatever kind of job they want me to do, I’ll step up and fill in.”

(How did you end up in Toronto?) “Back in Gambia I was playing with the youth teams and from there somebody told me I was about to get a trial with TFC — like a one-week trial in Florida. I flew in during preseason and that was it. I made it.”

(How does it feel to be a Sounder?) “I’ve been here for like a couple of weeks, so I’ve seen good things and good management. I’m excited to be part of the family.”

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