LEXINGTON, Ky. – Lexington Sporting Club begins the week with its latest signing, welcoming Pierre Mané to the inaugural United Soccer League (USL) League One roster, pending federation and league approval.
Mané is a 24-year-old midfielder out of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Described as a player with mobility, versatility, and high speed of play by collegiate coaches, Mané has played soccer in several settings from his hometown in Dakar, Senegal, to his most recent team based in Richmond, Va.
After an injury took Mané out of the 2017 season, he began his collegiate career at the University of Pittsburgh. During his first season, he appeared in 10 matches with three starts and helped lead the Panthers to their first-ever ACC tournament match win.
Transferring to VCU, Mané began to hit his stride with the 2019 season resulting in 17 starts, three goals, and an assist. During his final season with VCU, he started all 18 matches, registered 21 shots, and 16 shots on goal.
Mané’s enthusiasm is only growing as he joins the ranks of professional soccer.
“It means a lot to me and my family to be among the first signings for Lexington Sporting Club,” he said. “This is a new team with great ambition, and I want to be part of it. I want to make history with this team.”
He is also excited about the unique opportunities he will have off the field, as he reports one of his goals for the upcoming season is to “connect with the people of Lexington.”
“Pierre is a fantastic young player who is very technical in tight spaces,” said LSC’s head coach, Sam Stockley. “He has an excellent range of passing, with the ability to switch play, drive forward and break lines. Pierre is good at reading pressure and brings a front-foot mentality.”
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All of Lexington’s signings can be tracked here.
Lexington begins the USL League One season March 18 at One Knox SC, and will welcome Forward Madison FC for the home opener April 8. The full schedule can be found here.
About Lexington Sporting Club
Lexington Sporting Club is a U.S. Soccer professional soccer club competing in USL League One (U.S. Soccer Third Division Men’s Professional Soccer League). Launching its inaugural professional season in 2023, the professional team is the pinnacle of the soccer eco-system in Lexington and features more than 1,400 players within its youth and academy systems, a pre-professional women’s team beginning in 2023 in the USL W League and is in the process of building the club’s formal stadium, performance center and training fields.