I won't lie - I was one of those people who was very critical of the choice to replace the departed Andy O'Brien with the despised Portland Timber, Pa Modou Kah. Kah wasn't that good during his time in Lower Cascadia,
frakkin' scary imposing field presence notwithstanding, and I wasn't confident that Kendall Waston would be in a position to succeed without the reliable O'Brien covering for him.
Well, what a difference a season makes.
Fast forward to the 2015 off-season and Kah has emerged as an admirable third centre-back and a locker room presence unlike few others in Major League Soccer. If the stories are to be believed, Kah is one of the progenitors of the "Wet Bandits", the teammate-soaking duo who celebrate a birthday with a healthy dousing of water:
Please note the presence of Steven Beitashour in that Vine. Have the "Wet Bandits" been dis-bandit-ed? (Please, no rotten tomatoes.) Perhaps, perhaps not; either way, one half of the "Bandits" will see 2016 in a Whitecaps kit, as the 'Caps announced on Friday that Pa Modou Kah has re-signed with the 'Caps through the end of the 2016 season, thereby avoiding the Re-Entry Draft. From the news release:
"We’re very pleased to bring Pa back," said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. "The experience and mentorship he provides is of great value to our young group of players. He is a natural leader both on and off the field."
One young player in particular is likely a very happy camper after hearing today's news: fellow Gambian Kekuta Manneh.
Was bringing Kah back on a one-year extension (implying a similar cap hit as 2015) the right move? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.