Reggae Boyz midfielder Peter-Lee Vassell has been selected 40th overall by the Los Angeles Football Club in the 2019 US Major League Soccer (MLS) Draft earlier today.
The 19-year-old, winner of the annual Caribbean Combine, was selected with the 16th pick in the second round.
The former Harbour View FC and Montego Bay United player is one of the few players who was not selected out of college. He will likely join LAFC on loan for the 2019 season.
It wasn’t looking too good for him after day one of the MLS combine last week failing to make a significant impression. However, the former Cornwall College star had a much better second day standing out out in seven-a-side and training sessions on a smaller pitch.
“I’m looking forward to meeting the entire #LAFC family. I’m prepared to give my best to the Club.”
Peter-Lee Vassell is ready to work.
— LAFC (@LAFC) January 11, 2019
Vassell, who has represented Jamaica at every level (U17, U20, U23 and senior) is a top midfield talent with the ability to develop into a creative asset for the Jamaican national senior team. He has eight caps for the Jamaican senior team so far, scoring five goals.
Vassell, who recently completed a one-week trial stint with top Norwegian side IK Start, has been dreaming for a big move overseas and JFF Team Manager Roy Simpson believes this selection bodes well for his future.
“Since making his debut (with national U17 team) it was obvious that he wanted more. His focus and work ethic was admirable. I am confident that he will get better,” told Sports At Your Fingertips.
Even though Vassell will likely take an international roster slot, experts think he has a good chance of making the LAFC first-team roster.