New Indy Eleven signing Peter-Lee Vassel brings experience both from Major League Soccer with Los Angeles FC, and from the Jamaican Men's National Team.
INDIANAPOLIS – Indy Eleven announced on Monday it had signed Jamaican international midfielder Peter-Lee Vassell ahead of the club’s opening game of the 2021 USL Championship season this Saturday. Terms of the contract that bring the former Los Angles FC player to the Circle City will not be released, per club policy.
"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,” said 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 has turned heads in recent years with the Jamaican National Team, bagging six goals in 17 appearances with the Reggae Boyz at the senior international level including contests in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup and Concacaf Nations League.
“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 his first 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.