Date of birth
September 4, 1990 (age 25)
Place of birth
5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
IMG Soccer Academy
Los Angeles Galaxy
→ Hollywood United Hitmen (loan)
→ Cleveland City Stars (loan)
Los Angeles Blues
OC Pateadores Blues
United States U17
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 9, 2012.
† Appearances (goals)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of May 15, 2009
Israel Sesay (born September 4, 1990) is a Sierra Leone-born American soccer player who currently plays for theLas Vegas Legends in the Professional Arena Soccer League.
1.1Early life and amateur
Early life and amateur
Sesay immigrated from his native Sierra Leone with his family at the age of 11, settling in Gaithersburg, Maryland.He attended Quince Orchard High School, where he starred as a forward and helped lead his school to the Regional Quarterfinals in 2005. He also played for local club team Potomac Cougars and Bethesda Arsenal, before joining U.S. Soccer's Residency Program in August 2006.
Sesay came to Los Angeles Galaxy as part of a weighted lottery in August 2007, and made his MLS debut on September 13, 2007, coming on as a substitute for Kyle Martino against Chivas USA; in doing so, Sesay became the youngest player in Los Angeles history to appear in a game, at the age of 17 years and 9 days, breaking the former record held by Guillermo Gonzalez, who was 17 years and 168 days when he made his debut in June 2003.
With the MLS Reserve Division having been scrapped at the end of 2008, Los Angeles loaned Sesay to theHollywood United Hitmen of the USL Premier Development League and the Cleveland City Stars of the USL First Division for part of the 2009 season, to maintain his match fitness levels. He scored two goals on his Hollywood debut on May 16, 2009, against Bakersfield Brigade.
Sesay signed with the Real Maryland Monarchs of the USL Second Division on April 26, 2010. However, Sesay was still considered to be a part of Los Angeles per the MLS Players Union Player Salaries as of June 14, 2010.
Sesay signed with the Los Angeles Blues of the USL Pro in January 2011. He re-signed with LA for the 2012 season on October 7, 2011.
In October 2013, Sesay signed with the Ontario Fury of the Professional Arena Soccer League. In January 2014, he was traded to the Las Vegas Legends.
Sesay played in 14 games with the U.S. national Under-17 team between 2006 and 2008, making ten starts and collecting three assists.