|Full name||Youssouf Kanté|
|Date of birth||August 13, 1984|
|Place of birth||Paris, France|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|2004–2005||ADO Den Haag|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 July 2011.
Kanté began playing soccer in the youth academy of the esteemed French club Paris Saint-Germain. When he turned nineteen, he signed with ADO Den Haag of the Dutch Second Division. In 2006 when he signed with Swiss club Windisch, and then moved to Romania and was offered a mid season contract by Astra Ploieşti. Upon completion of the season, Kanté was offered a trial by FCM Câmpina, however, chose to come to the United States instead.