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Johnny Menyongar Signs Contract with United Sikkim Sports Club in India

2011 February 27

Johnny Menyongar in a game last April against FC Tampa Bay. Photo by Jeremy Olson - www.digitalgopher.net

Johnny Menyongar, who has spent considerable time playing professional soccer in the U.S., will not return to the NSC Minnesota Stars this season and has instead signed a new contract with a team in India. Menyongar was the Stars’ inaugural signing last season.

The 32-year-old Liberian international has made 314 appearances scoring 85 goals while playing in division 2 pro soccer with the Minnesota Thunder, Rochester Rhinos and last year the NSC Minnesota Stars. He also made 38 appearances for the Liberian National Team and is tied for the all-time goal scoring leader in U.S. Open Cup play in the modern era with 13 goals.

Menyongar has already arrived in India and is training with United Sikkim Sports Club.  This newly formed club was founded by the most famous footballer of all time in India, Baichung Bhutia. Menyongar was recruited by Bhutia himself. The club is taking part in I-League 2 and is hoping for promotion to the I-League for the 2011/12 season which runs at different times of the year. Menyongar’s contract only runs through June of 2011 but an extension is expected if the team is promoted to the first division.

“There is lot of talent in the northeast [India] and we have to give them proper direction,”  said  Bhutia. “I hope United Sikkim can serve the purpose. We will have an excellent youth academy in association with former Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz. In next 4-5 years we will be among the best in the country. We have full support from the state government and we will build a world class stadium and an academy.”

According to an article published last December, the club is also being backed by the Sikkim Government and Bhutia has applied for 30 acres of land from the state government.

I-League 2 will have 21 teams participating in the second division preliminary round matches set to start action in the middle of March. Only 2 teams will be promoted to the I-League. The I-league runs from December to May.

Teams participating in I-League 2: Royal Wahingdoh (Meghalaya), Lansing Sports Club (Meghalaya), Ar-Hima Football Club (Meghalaya), Shillong Lajong FC (Meghalaya), PIFA (Maharashtra), Kenkre Football Association (Maharashtra), Southern Samity (West Bengal), Techno Aryan (West Bengal), Mohammedan Sporting (West Bengal), Gauhati Town Club (Assam), Vasco Sports Club (Goa), Sporting Clube-de Goa (Goa), Sesa Football Academy (Goa), Jasco FC (Kerala), Chandni FC (Kerala), Eagles FC, Cochin (Kerala), Golden Threads (Kerala), Malabar United (Kerala), United Sikkim FC (Sikkim), Denzong Boys (Sikkim) and NISA (Manipur).

6 Responses
  1. Robin permalink
    February 27, 2011

    Finally India is doing something right with Football (Soccer)

  2. jw7 permalink
    February 28, 2011

    Who would not want to live in the sporting mecca of India?

  3. Bart permalink
    February 28, 2011

    These Indian clubs are prepared to pay top players one heck of a lot more money than US pro teams will pay.

    This is an interesting trend.

  4. Laval permalink
    February 28, 2011

    Good for him.. Most likely looking for a big pay check toward the end of his career… but India?? It would be interesting to see salaries in I-League.

  5. March 1, 2011

    They are VERY good.

  6. geroge permalink
    March 1, 2011

    yes are agree they pay very well. it about time johnny get pay for what
    he love during well. beleive me he will bring that new team a great good team
    work. just see what he did in new york. he was the team MVP for two years.
    keeps up the good work tiny ticket.

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