Pronunciation: Sur-gee-oh Mah-nee-see-o
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Signed on Jan. 25, 2017
Sergio Manesio joined Fury FC in 2017 and quickly proved to be a reliable asset in Ottawa’s midfield. The midfielder played 17 games and made nine starts in the 2017 season. He had a passing accuracy of close to 80%, won 17 out of the 22 tackles he made, and also proved to be a feisty customer with five yellow cards. Manesio brought both composure and grit to the position, always 100% in on challenging for the ball. He was recognised for his efforts by Fury FC with the 2017 Newcomer of the Year Award, which he shared with goalkeeper Callum Irving.
Manesio joined Fury FC following an impressive four years in the NCAA with the Cleveland State University Vikings where he started all 69 games. In addition to his sound defensive play, he notched 16 goals including five match-winners. The 5-foot-10 defensive midfielder earned back-to-back Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year awards, while also being selected on the All-Horizon League Team in both years.
The London, England native developed in the Tottenham Hotspur’s Youth Academy from U11-U15 followed by a move to West Brom where he featured in their Youth squad from U16-U18. The Angola-born Englishman opted to take his game to North America to feature in the NCAA at Cleveland State where he majored in finance.
Fun Fact: Manesio’s started his career with Tottenham Hotspur but his favourite club is Arsenal