Veteran Sanneh chasing LA Galaxy contract

Former US international defender Tony Sanneh is hoping to win a roster spot at LA Galaxy.

Former US international defender Tony Sanneh is hoping to win a roster spot at LA Galaxy.

Sanneh had been out of soccer for a year and most recently played in 2007 with the Colorado Rapids.

Galaxy coach Bruce Arena brought the veteran into camp this week for a trial, and Sanneh is confident he can stick around for a while, perhaps permanently.

"I would think that's why he's here, that he can still play," Arena said, "but only time will tell that."

Sanneh, who turns 38 on June 1, said he feels rusty and a little sore as the Galaxy's first week of camp comes to a close, but he also said he still has plenty to offer, despite his age, which he felt isn't that big of an issue. It's the intangibles he provides that are much more important.

"I think I can offer leadership, experience and a winning mentality," Sanneh told mlsnet.com. "I know what Bruce wants, and hopefully I can lead by example. Bruce wants winners. He wants guys that fight to the end. He wants guys to be team players, and he wants you to do the little extra.

"And I think if you can get a group of individuals that's looking out for the next guy instead of themselves, you're going to win more games."

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