Chattanooga Red Wolves SC has signed forward Abdoulaye “YaYa” Cisse to its USL League One team, pending league and federation approval.
Cisse is the first player in club history to join Chattanooga Red Wolves SC through the club’s League Two affiliate team, Dalton Red Wolves SC.
According to Chattanooga Red Wolves SC President and General Manager Sean McDaniel, Cisse represents the importance of a true “path2pro” avenue for young, hungry players.
“From the moment he arrived, YaYa has proven that he is eager to play and contribute to the success of our first team,” said McDaniel. “This is a significant step for our club and perfectly represents the value of a clear path to professional play. This has been our goal all along, and it’s only the beginning.”
Cisse spent two seasons of his collegiate career at Eastern Florida State College, helping his team to the 2015 NJCAA national semifinal. He netted nine goals and added nine assists in his 35 games at EFSC. In 2017, he transferred to Fort Hays State University where he would finish out college play. There, he garnered two-time All-Conference First Team and a two-time All-MIAA First Team honors.
Cisse played club soccer for both FC Dallas Youth and Pride FC.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to become a professional athlete, and my family and I are grateful to the Red Wolves organization and staff for giving me the opportunity to make that dream come true,” said Cisse. “I can’t wait to get started.”
According to Chattanooga Red Wolves SC Head Coach and Technical Director Tim Hankinson, Cisse adds pace and raw talent to the roster.
“YaYa came in strong and ready to compete,” said Hankinson. “He has the speed, technical abilities and athleticism we’ve been looking for. If the way he has trained throughout this first week is any indication, he’s going to make a solid addition to the team.”
Chattanooga Red Wolves SC travels to Tucson, Arizona to face FC Tucson, a club operated by USL Championship side Phoenix Rising FC, on Saturday, May 18. Kickoff is set for 10:30 p.m. EST and available on ESPN+. The team will return home the following weekend to host Greenville Triumph SC at David Stanton Field. The match kicks off at 7:00 p.m. EST.
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