Sainey Nyassi

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Sainey Nyassi
Personal information
Date of birth (1989-01-31) January 31, 1989 (age 29)
Place of birth Bwiam, Gambia
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
2001–2004 Gambia Ports Authority
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Gambia Ports Authority 82 (18)
2007–2013 New England Revolution 104 (8)
2013 D.C. United 14 (0)
2014 RoPS 19 (4)
2015–2017 FC Edmonton 71 (5)
National team
2005 Gambia U-17 3 (0)
2007 Gambia U-20 4 (0)
2010– Gambia 6 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 28, 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 May 2017

Sainey Nyassi (born January 31, 1989) is a Gambian footballer who most recently played for FC Edmonton in the NASL.



Sainey Nyassi began his career in the Gambia, playing in the GFA League First Division for Gambia Ports Authority.

Nyassi was scouted by New England Revolution head coach Steve Nicol while playing in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, and signed with the Revolution shortly thereafter along with his Gambian teammate, Kenny Mansally.

He made his MLS debut on September 9, 2007 against D.C. United as a substitute, playing the final eight minutes on the right wing. He made his first start and scored his first MLS goal on March 29, 2008 in the Revs' 3-0 opening day victory over Houston Dynamo.

Nyassi was released by New England on May 16, 2013.[1] On May 27, 2013 he was signed by D.C. United.

On June 9, 2014, Nyassi signed for Finnish Club RoPS.[2]

Nyassi signed with FC Edmonton in February 2015.[3] Nyassi would spend three seasons in Edmonton. After the 2017 season, with the future of FC Edmonton and the NASL in doubt, Nyassi was released from FC Edmonton. [4][5]


Nyassi has represented his nation at various youth levels. He played for the Gambian U-17 national team in the 2005 U-17 world championships, and for the U-20 national team in the 2007 U-20 FIFA Championships. He scored his first goal for the Senior national team on September 4, 2010 in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Namibia.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Gambia's goal tally first.[6]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 9 January 2010 Stade El Menzah, Tunis  Tunisia
2 4 September 2010 Independence Stadium, Bakau  Namibia
2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification


Sainey is the twin brother of San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Sanna Nyassi.

Nyassi received his U.S green card on January 31, 2012, which qualified him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[7]


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