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Columbus Crew get cash for Kekuta Manneh

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2017 file photo, Columbus Crew fans show their support for the team before the start of their MLS Eastern Conference semifinal soccer match against New York City FC, in Columbus, Ohio. If the Columbus Crew are allowed to move to Austin for the 2019 season, it could begin a wave of franchise relocations that ultimately costs Major League Soccer the support of its most loyal fans. In the end, America’s top soccer league could wind up being as big a loser as the good people of Ohio’s capital city.(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

Columbus Crew SC traded the MLS rights for Kekuta Manneh to FC Cincinnati for $250,000 in targeted allocation money and $50,000 in general allocation money, the club announced Wednesday. The Crew could acquire an additional $50,000 each of TAM and GAM should Manneh hit certain incentives throughout the season. 

Manneh was brought in to be an impact player in Columbus in 2017 after a successful run with the Vancouver Whitecaps. The Crew gave up $300,000 in allocation money and Tony Tchani to get him at the time. However, Manneh was never able to secure a starting role, making just nine starts over 19 appearances, recording four goals and three assists.

After the season, he left for Pachuca in Liga MX, but made just one appearance totaling eight minutes. Due to the fact that Columbus extended him an offer before Manneh left for Pachuca, they retained his MLS rights. Manneh has most recently played for St. Gallen in Switzerland.

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