HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on a one-year loan with an option to purchase using Targeted Allocation Money from Rayo Vallecano on Jan. 23, 2019.
Bangoura has the characteristics the 'Caps look for in a winger. He’s explosive, good in one-vs-one situations, and he’s been exposed to a lot of different scenarios in Spain, France and with his national team.
INTERNATIONAL: A native of Conakry, Guinea, Bangoura has made 34 appearances and scored four goals for his national team, most recently playing in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers last September.
OUTSIDE MLS: After developing with his hometown club Étoile de Guinée, Bangoura moved to Madrid to join Rayo when he was 18, then made his first-team debut the following year in La Liga 2 competition. While at Rayo, the 5-foot-9 winger saw his club win promotion to La Liga two times in 2010-11 and 2017-18, spending five consecutive years competing in the top flight from 2011-12 through 2015-16. His time at Rayo also included loan stints to La Liga club Granada CF in 2014-15, French Ligue 1 side Stade de Reims in 2015-16, and most recently with La Liga 2 club UD Almería S.A.D. in 2017-18.