INDIANAPOLIS – Indy Eleven added one more attacking piece to its roster ahead of this weekend’s season opener with today’s signing of Jamaican international midfielder Peter-Lee Vassell.
Terms of the contract that bring the ex-MLS performer with Los Angles Football Club (LAFC) to the Circle City will not be released, per club policy. Vassell will be available for selection by Eleven Head Coach Martin Rennie pending receipt of his visa.
"I used to play with (former Eleven forward) Dane Kelly, so we used to talk a lot and he was telling me Indy Eleven is a great club,” explained Vassell. “I'm ready for this season, and hopefully we don't dwell on last season. The guys coming in, we are prepared to go to the playoffs and hope for the best. We have great players and a great coaching staff heading into the season."
The 23-year-old Vassell has turned heads in recent years with the Jamaican National Team, bagging six goals in 17 appearances with the “Reggae Boys” at the senior international level including contests in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup and Concacaf Nations League competitions.
“Peter-Lee Vassell is a highly talented player who has already played a lot of games – and scored a lot of goals – for his national team at a relatively young age,” said Indy Eleven Head Coach Martin Rennie. “Peter-Lee has a ton of potential, and we feel he can develop a lot with us and become a force in our midfield.”
Vassell split the 2019 season between a pair of regular season champions, making six appearances for LAFC as part of their MLS Supporters Shield winning campaign and playing another six games on loan for USL Championship side Phoenix Rising FC. LAFC made the native of Saint James Parrish, Jamaica, their first pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft (2nd round, 40th overall selection) after the attacking midfielder stood out in both the MLS Caribbean Combine and MLS Combine.
Prior to that season stateside, Vassell began his professional career with Harbour View FC, where he scored a pair of goals in 38 contests across the 2017-18 seasons for the perennial Jamaican Red Stripe Premier League contender.
Vassell’s addition puts Indy Eleven at 26 players under contract leading up to this Saturday’s 2021 USL Championship regular season opener at Birmingham Legion FC (7:30 p.m. ET kickoff, live on ESPN+ and Exitos Radio 94.3 FM/exitos943.com). The 2021 Indy Eleven roster as it currently stands:
* Returning player from 2020 roster
^ USL Academy Contract signing
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