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w/ MNT defender Tony Sanneh


Tony Sanneh may or may not need some sort of therapy. Regardless, with 25 prompts on topics both easy and tough, we play psychiatrist to get a candid look inside the mind of the 30-year-old defender. The St. Paul, Minn., native's soccer career has taken him on a remarkable journey from a Division II university, to paying his dues in the A-League, to winning a pair of championships in MLS, and to becoming a regular starter in the German Bundesliga.

After working his way to MLS after two successful years in the D3 Pro League and A-League with the Milwaukee Rampage and then his hometown Minnesota Thunder, respectively, Sanneh quickly made his name on D.C. United, the closest thing MLS has had to a dynasty. The 6'2" behemoth was a key role player for United on their way to two championships, scoring in both championship games to help them bring home the Cup in 1996 and again in ‘97. His play at both defender and midfielder with the U.S. Men's National Team over the last few years could take him to Korea/Japan this summer.

Prompt ::: Response
A-League ::: travelling by bus
MLS ::: exciting
Minneapolis ::: God's country
Minnesota Thunder ::: friends
Milwaukee Rampage ::: first step
The Bundesliga ::: work
D.C. United ::: special
D.C., the city ::: good times
Nurnberg, the club ::: grind
Nurnberg, the city ::: cozy
Hertha Berlin, the club ::: big time
Berlin, the city ::: überragend (German for "kick ass")
Manny Lagos ::: best friend
Buzz Lagos ::: second father
Jeff Agoos ::: steady, consistent, always there (except when the bill comes)
Eddie Pope ::: a rock (sometimes, too hard)
Carlos Llamosa ::: always in the right place
Bruce Arena ::: motivator, winner
Success ::: championships
Fear ::: injury
Fame ::: Michael Jordan
1994 World Cup ::: breakthrough
1998 World Cup ::: step back
2002 World Cup ::: two steps forward
U.S. Soccer ::: maturing

Table of Contents
1)
Armchair Midfielder (Tuning Up for the Cup)
2) Word Association (w/ MNT defender Tony Sanneh)
3) What I Did on My Spring Break (w/ U-21 WNT midfielder Joanna Lohman)
4) Queries and Anecdotes (w/ WNT defender Jena Kluegel)
5) Superstar!!! (w/ WNT midfielder/forward Shannon MacMillan)
6) Mark That Calendar (MNT vs. Ireland -- April 17)
7) Point-Counterpoint (w/ journalists Michael Lewis and Grahame Jones)
8) "You Don't Know Jack (Marshall)" (General MLS trivia)

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