In MLS, Shannon scored an impressive 20 goals
and 7 assists in 50 regular season games with the Tampa Bay
Mutiny from 1997 to 1999. His best season was 1999, when he led
the Mutiny in scoring with 12 goals and 5 assists in 27 games.
He was originally acquired by Tampa Bay in the third-round of
the 1997 MLS College Draft, where he was selected out of Robert
Morris University of Pittsburgh, PA.
He left Tampa Bay in 2000 and joined Maritimo
of the Portuguese First Division, playing there for two seasons.
When his contract expired in 2002, he returned to the US,
signing with the Colorado Rapids of MLS on July 26, but had
difficulty cracking their already established line-up and saw
limited playing time. He was released by Colorado on November 5,
the same day the team released former Whitecaps defender Rick
Titus. Earlier this year Shannon had tryouts with two other MLS
sides, the New York/New Jersey MetroStars and DC United.
Musa Shannon (6' 170 lb; 183 cm 77 kg) was
born August 1, 1975 in Monrovia, Liberia. He left Liberia in
1990 due to the onset of civil war, and moved to the USA where
he earned a scholarship to attend Robert Morris. He holds a
degree in Business Administration.
Shannon is expected to be in the line-up for
the Whitecaps first preseason game of the year, as Vancouver
takes on the expansion Abbotsford Rangers of the USL Premier
Development League in Chilliwack on Saturday, a 7:30 p.m.
kick-off at the Chilliwack Landing Sports Ground.
Whitecaps training camp continues this week
with daily training from 4:30pm to 6:30pm and media availability
from 4:00pm to 4:30pm. Due to the poor weather, members of the
media should contact Colin Metcalfe at (604) 809-8227 to confirm
training locations, which shift between Burnaby Lake West,
Rupert Park, and BCIT, depending on field conditions.
For more information: Colin Metcalfe (604) 809-8227