An explosive Guinean international winger who has spent majority of his career in Spain, Alhassane “Lass” Bangoura was acquired in January 2019 with the use of Targeted Allocation Money on a one-year loan with an option to purchase from Spanish La Liga club Rayo Vallecano de Madrid S.A.D.
‘10-’18: Bangoura moved to Madrid to join Rayo Vallecano when he was 18, then made his first-team debut the following year in La Liga 2 competition. While at Rayo, Bangoura 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.
Before making his move to Europe, Bangoura developed in his youth with his hometown club Étoile de Guinée.
At the time of his arrival in Vancouver, Bangoura has made over 34 appearances and scored four goals for his national team, most recently capping in Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in September 2018.