A Gambian international, Danso was signed by the MLS Timbers on Dec. 15, 2010. He played two seasons with the Timbers’ second-division side from 2009-10, appearing in 40 games and totalling two goals and an assist. An up-and-coming defender for The Gambia, Danso earned four international caps for the Scorpions in 2011.
2012: Started nine of his 10 appearances during the regular season ... Missed the first eight matches of the season due a fractured left foot; an injury he sustained during preseason ... Started back-to-back matches May 5 vs. Columbus and May 15 at Houston, contributing to consecutive shutouts in a pair of scoreless draws ... Featured in four straight matches June 24-July 7, helping the Timbers to a 2-1 win over Seattle (June 24) and a 2-1 victory over San Jose (July 3) in that span ... Made a substitute appearance Sept. 29 against D.C. United, coming on for the injured Hanyer Mosquera in the 25th minute ... Played in four matches (all starts) for the Timbers Reserves in the MLS Reserve League, logging 315 minutes ... Captained the Timbers Reserves against the San Jose Earthquakes Reserves on Aug. 26 ... Contributed to a shutout and a 3-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Reserves on April 22 ... Missed the final match of the regular season after undergoing successful knee surgery on Oct. 22.
2011: Made his MLS debut April 14, in the Timbers’ home opener against the Chicago Fire ... Scored a career-high three goals, all of which resulted in points for the Timbers ... Scored in back-to-back games May 6 vs. Philadelphia and May 14 at Seattle ... The winner against Philadelphia was nominated for MLSsoccer.com Goal of the Week in Week 8 ... His goal May 6 proved to be the game-winner in a 1-0 victory over the Union ... Netted the equalizer in second-half stoppage time of a 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake in the season finale Oct. 22 ... Committed just seven fouls in 24 matches, which ranked among the fewest by an MLS defender in 2011 with at least 1,500 minutes played ... Had an MLS-best streak of 604 minutes without committing a foul ... Forced an own goal by Chicago’s Dasan Robinson in the Timbers home-opening 4-2 victory April 14 at JELD-WEN Field.
2010: Appeared in 24 games (20 starts) during the Timbers USSF Division-2 Pro League season … Scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 road victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps, giving Portland its first win in British Columbia since 2004 (a span of 11 games) … Ranked first among defenders in minutes played with 1,825 … Helped Portland’s backline rank second among second-division clubs in goals allowed (23) and among league leaders in shutouts (13) … Started all three of the club’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches … Played all 120 minutes in the shoot-out loss to Seattle Sounders FC in the third round … Scored on his penalty-kick attempt during the shootout … Missed both of the Timbers playoff matches due to national team duty.
2009: Played in 16 games as a rookie with the second-division Timbers, logging 1,076 minutes … Was a member of the Timbers backline that shared the league lead for fewest goals allowed during the regular season (19) ... Helped the club to a first-place finish in the USL First Division and the 2009 USL First Division Commissioner’s Cup … Contributed in the team’s USL First Division-record, 24-game unbeaten streak during the season … Scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 road win over Puerto Rico on May 24; it was Portland’s first-ever win in Puerto Rico ... Also tallied in an exhibition match against Club América Reserves at PGE Park on May 31 ... Was awarded the club’s Community Player of the Year award.
2008: Played in eight matches with the Cary Clarets of the Premier Development League (PDL) ... tallied two goals from his defender position in 675 minutes played.
COLLEGE: Played two seasons at Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) in Georgia … Scored 35 goals during his time with the Hornets while playing both the defender and forward positions ... Was a two-time All-Southern States Athletic Conference selection ... Named SSAC’s 2007 Newcomer of the Year following his first season at SPSU ... Paced the conference with 19 goals in his second season with the Hornets ... Led the team to a 12-5-1 record in 2008, finishing second in the conference and earning a No. 18 national ranking ... Earned numerous honors in 2008, including the SSAC Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year ... Became the first Hornet to receive All-America honors in 2008 and was named to the honorable-mention team.
INTERNATIONAL: Made his senior international debut for The Gambia on March 29 in a friendly against Equatorial Guinea ... Earned a total of four caps for The Gambia in 2011 ... Scored his first international goal in a 1-1 draw against Burkina Faso in a 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier Oct. 8 ... Started in a friendly against the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Aug. 10 ... Received his first call-ups to The Gambian National Team for Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Namibia on Sept. 4, 2010 and Burkina Faso on Oct. 8, 2010.
PERSONAL: Born Mamadou Danso, pronounced “MA-MA-doo DAN-sue” ... Nicknamed “Futty” (FOOT-ee) ... Has two sets of families, one in the United States and his biological family back in The Gambia ... Favorite soccer clubs include Italy’s Juventus and England’s Chelsea ... Is also a talented volleyball and tennis player ... If wasn’t a professional soccer player, would likely be an engineer, working on fighter planes.