Former Bengaluru FC Mid Fielder Announces Retirement - THE INDIAN LEAGUE

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Sunday, 26 July 2015

Former Bengaluru FC Mid Fielder Announces Retirement



Johny Menyongar, former Bengaluru FC Mid fielder has announced retirement from his playing career. Menyongar joined The Blues for their I-League debut and played an instrumental role in their title winning run. He started 23 games for the club for Garden City, scoring three goals in the process.


Menyongar, Liberian by birth came to United States in 1998 and played college soccer at NAIA Lindsey Wilson College, leading the team to the NAIA Division III national championship.

Menyongar started his professional career with Minnesota Thunder when he signed for them in 2000 after impressing at a tryout camp. There, he spent six seasons and netted 50 goals. He played an instrumental role in Thunder's road to the 2003 A-League championship game and scored five goals as Minnesota reached the semifinals of the 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
In November 2005, Menyongar signed with the Rochester Raging Rhinos, where he was chosen as team MVP in 2008 and 2009. Prior to the 2010 season, he became the first signing for the new club NSC Minnesota Stars.
His adventure with Indian Football started in 2011, when he was signed by Bhaichung Bhutia for United Sikkim in their debut professional season in 2011 2nd Division League. He had an amazing season and scored 13 goals in as many games.
In 2011, he moved to Shillong Lajong,where he stayed for two seasons playing 15 matches and scoring 4 goals.
He joined reigning I-League Champions in 2013 and made his debut for his new club against his former club, United Sikkim. 
He signed for the debutant club Bengaluru FC for 2013-14 season, guarded the mid field for The Blues. He scored his first goal for the club in their away game against Salgaocar FC on 26 November 2013, at Duler Stadium. The Blues won the game 2-1 against theGoan Greens , which happened the first away win in the club's history.

Menyongar also represented his national team. He made his international debut with Liberia in 1995 and played in two qualifying matches for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and two match s at the 2002 African Nations Cup. Menyongar played four matches during the team's qualifying campaign for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but the team lost 0–2 against Senegal. He also captained the team from 2004–2006.

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