Three years after his debut in National 3 with Les Ulis, Franco-Senegalese defender Abdoulaye Cissoko joined the Seattle Sounders in MLS. Return on a fast and atypical course.
On May 21, Seattle Sounders management officially announced the signing of center-back Abdoulaye Cissoko for a one-year contract with two optional years. For this young nugget of Senegalese origin born in Sèvres in France, this transfer underlines theculmination of a journey as fast as it is unexpected, but full of promise. The 21-year-old and a good 91 meter tall, the rookie had already impressed the Sounders management during preseason training, and after wowing the gallery in the 2020 season with the Tacoma Defiance, the reserve team of Seattle which evolves in USL, which corresponds to the second division in the United States.
“It is promising to see a young player perform well when given the opportunity to train in the team environment,” sporting director and club president Garth Lagerwey said in the official statement. Cissoko is a talented defender who has constantly improved with the Tacoma Defiance. We look forward to him continuing his development with us in MLS. The 21-year-old French defender is the second Defiance player to sign with the Sounders following first-team training in pre-season. In the 2020 season with Tacoma, Cissoko made 12 appearances, including nine starts, and scored one goal.
NEWS | We have signed defender Abdoulaye Cissoko to a First Team contract from @TACdefiance.
Congratulations, AB !! 💚💙
– Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) May 21, 2021
The journey of this young nugget begins in 2018, which shows how quickly he rose through the ranks. After starting with his Ulis training club in National 3, Cissoko chose to leave the Paris region for the United States in 2019. On his arrival on the North American continent, he joined the team of San Diego Zest in USL League Two, a development league that matches the Fourth Division in the United States. His performances quickly attract the attention of the Sounders who bring him to his reserve club of Tacoma Defiance September 6 of the same year. On loan immediately to San Diego 1904 FC, a club that plays in the NISA (National Independent Soccer Association) and counts among its owners known players like Demba Ba and Eden Hazard, Cissoko played there for one season before returning to Tacoma the following year .
Throughout his run, the young center-back has shown a combative character and high performance standards. No wonder then that the management of the Sounders gave him a first professional contract. “After seeing him in training with the first team during the preparation for the season, I was very satisfied with his performance. He fully earned his contract in MLS, admitted head coach Brian Schmetzer, still in the official statement. His tenacity and his competitiveness against our veterans in attack have shown us that he is up to the task and ready to take up the challenge of the professional level. I can’t wait to see how he continues to improve with us. “
The arrival of Cissoko adds depth to Seattle within the defensive brigade, especially since the ligament tear suffered by Jordy Delem recently. As the club are currently playing with three center-backs, an additional option was needed and management chose to look into their backyard to fill that need. The Sounders’ organization is currently one of the most exemplary in MLS in terms of stability. in recent years, with four finals and two titles won since 2016. In addition, the Washington state club is currently enjoying a great start to the season and currently dominates the Garber circuit with 17 points, always seeming to find a way to renew itself. and to question themselves despite few dramatic changes in the core of their workforce. On this account, the Senegalese jewel that Abdoulaye Cissoko represents is in good hands and we are curious to see what he is capable of.