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.