Press Release: May 9, 1996
Sanneh to Join DC United
Forward Tony Sanneh left the Minnesota Thunder this past Wednesday to join D.C. United of Major League Soccer in Washington, D.C. Sanneh, who has played in all five games this season, was in his sixth season with the Thunder. “It was a tough decision to leave my family and my friends,” Sanneh said. “It wasn’t the level of play with the Thunder, as they’ve proven they can play with anybody, but it was playing teams at the level of MLS day in and day out, that led to my decision,” he said. Thunder President/General Manager Peter Wilt credited Sanneh for his years of service. “Tony has contributed greatly to the Thunder’s success over the years,” Wilt said. “He has been a tremendous representative of the Thunder organization on and off the field. His involvement with the Thunder’s inner city soccer program will also be missed. He is certain to be an asset to his new team. We wish him much success as he will be representing Minnesota and the Thunder,” Wilt said.
A St. Paul native, Sanneh played indoor soccer with the Chicago Power and the Milwaukee Wave of the NPSL in 1996. He was second on the Thunder in points during the 1995 season with 44. Currently Sanneh is ranked third among USISL assist leaders with four for the season in playing five games. Runner-up Rookie of the Year in the ’94-’95 season with the Chicago Power (NPSL), he started his Professional career with the Milwaukee Rampage in ’94 and was selected team MVP. Sanneh was an All-American and holds all career scoring records at UW-Milwaukee by leading the team in scoring three out of four years. While at Milwaukee, he was selected All-Midwest Region four times. Sanneh was UW-Milwaukee’s Captain in 1993 and Conference MVP. He was also a member of the 1990 West Team Olympic Festival gold medalist team. Sanneh is expected to make his DC United debut this Sunday when DC United hosts the NY/NJ Metro Stars.