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Kekuta Manneh signs with Pachuca

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Can he find the form that made him one of MLS’ best prospects?

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Kekuta Manneh is officially leaving Major League Soccer. The former Vancouver Whitecaps and Columbus Crew winger has signed with Club Pachuca of Liga MX for the 2018 Clausura season.

The 22-year-old was once thought of as one of the brightest young stars in MLS before hitting a terrible run of back luck with injuries and spotty form. Early in 2017, he became a U.S. citizen. He will reportedly be deemed eligible to play with the USMNT when he turns 23 in late December.

A move to Mexico would seem to suit his pacey, counter-attacking style more than the compact and tight MLS did. Can he recapture the form that made scouts and pundits drool over his potential? He’s still very young and if he can regain it, he should find himself on the USMNT radar in the coming months and years.

Good luck to Kekuta in Mexico. We’ll certainly be watching with anticipation.