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Kekuta Manneh returns from Swiss Super League to MLS with FC Cincinnati

FC Cincinnati has given Columbus $300,000 in fees for forward Kekuta Manneh.

Forward Kekuta Manneh returned to the MLS ranks Wednesday, joining FC Cincinnati on a free transfer from FC St. Gallen of the Swiss Super League.

Manneh, 24, played five MLS seasons with the Vancouver Whitecaps (2013-17) and Columbus Crew (2017). He scored 26 goals and added 15 assists in 120 regular-season appearance (71 starts).

"We are excited to bring Kekuta to Cincinnati," FC Cincinnati head coach Alan Koch said in a statement. "His pace and skill on the ball will add a dynamic element to our group when attacking in the final third. He has had success in MLS and we know he will embrace the unique challenge of joining an expansion team."

Manneh's most productive MLS season was with Vancouver in 2015 when he scored seven goals and tallied six assists in 32 regular-season matches.

Cincinnati acquired his MLS rights from Columbus for $300,000 in fees, which could climb by an additional $100,000 if certain performance conditions are met.

The Orange and Blue open the MLS regular season on the road against the Seattle Sounders on March 2.

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