Sanneh suits up for Thunder tonight
The answer is somewhat complicated. Sanneh spent last season with the Fire, but he didn't like the direction the franchise was headed. "I saw the writing on the wall," he says, speaking by cell phone. "I didn't think they were going up. They were going down. Obviously I was right because they're in last place."
But Chicago still retained the 36-year-old defender's MLS rights. After recovering from hip surgery, Sanneh began training with the New York Red Bulls two months ago. He says that a deal was in place for him to join the new squad, but then Chicago backed out of a deal. "When Chicago's coach got fired that was a little bit of a shakeup because the organization wanted more time before they made trades and stuff," he says. "Then they basically reneged on the trade that they had with New York and sent me outside of the division to Colorado."
So Sanneh is now in contractual limbo, still hoping to ultimately end up in New York. But in the meantime Sanneh figured he could help out his former club and regain match fitness by spending a couple of weeks with the Thunder. "I've been practicing, but game condition is different," he says. "We thought it would be a win-win here. They're a young team and they haven't been doing great. I can help them out a little bit and I can be at home."
So is there any chance that if things fall through with New York that Sanneh will stick around for the rest of the season? "No, it's pretty much just two weeks," he says. "I would go back and just practice [with the Red Bulls] at that point."
Expect to see Sanneh in the central defense tonight when the Thunder take the field against the California Victory.