Peter Lee Vassell selected by LAFC in 2019 MLS Superdraft

By January 11, 2019

Nineteen-year-old Peter Lee Vassell was on Friday selected by the Los Angeles Football Club in the 2019 MLS Draft.

He was the 16th pick in the second round of the draft.

The first two rounds of the 2019 MLS Draft took place on Friday in Chicago, and Los Angeles Football Club selected the midfielder with the 40th overall pick.

"I want to thank the MLS for coming to Jamaica and giving me this opportunity to display my talents," Vassell said.

Let me also say thanks to all individuals for giving me this opportunity and for motivating me each day to go out there and do my best. I also want to say major thanks to my mom, my friends, my agent and also my coaches who have been involved throughout my journey.

"Specials thanks to Ricardo Gardner for believing in me and last but not least, to LA for giving me this opportunity."

The Jamaican, who also said he is prepared to give his best to his new team, has played for Harbour View Football Club in Jamaica since 2017, is one of the few players who was not selected out of college.

According to the MLS Draft match stream, he will likely join LAFC on loan for the 2019 season.

Vassell “won” the 2018 Caribbean Combine, being selected MVP of that event and being invited to the main MLS Combine last week.

He’s also a full Jamaica international, with eight senior caps to date for his country for whom he has scored five goals.

“We want to wholeheartedly congratulate Peter Lee Vassell on his achievement and by extension our technical team who helped him develop over the past two seasons, in particular, Ricardo Bibi Gardner, who scouted him and our former player now agent Damani Ralph, who negotiated our position with the MLS,” said Harbour View General Manager Clyde Juridieni.

“We wish him growing from strength to strength.”

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