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Hartford Athletic Signs Jamaican International Peter-Lee Vassell

January 11, 2022 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Hartford Athletic News Release

Hartford Athletic has signed Midfielder Peter-Lee Vassell (St. James Parish, Jamaica) ahead of the 2022 season, pending league and federation approval.

Vassell comes to Hartford after spending the 2021 season with fellow USL Championship side Indy Eleven where he was third on the team with three goals. The 23-year-old has turned heads in recent years with the Jamaican National Team, bagging six goals in 18 appearances with the "Reggae Boyz" at the senior international level including contests in the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup and 2021 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying competitions. Vassell has been named in the squad for Jamaica's upcoming friendly with Peru on January 20th.

"Peter-Lee Vassell is a tremendously talented player and we are thrilled to add him to our squad," said Head Coach Harry Watling. "As a Jamaican International, Vassell brings great experience and lots of quality in attack. He will be a big part of our success this season."

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 drafted Vassell with 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. 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.

"Hartford Athletic seems like a perfect fit," Vassell said. "Their style of play fits my game very well and I think it will bring out the best in me on the pitch. Hartford also has a large Jamaican population which will make me feel right at home. It is the perfect situation for me."

Hartford Athletic has now signed the following players for the 2022 season:

Forwards: Jeciel Cedeño, Juan Carlos Obregón Jr.

Midfielders: Danny Barrera, Christian Gómez, Conor McGlynn, Luka Prpa, Peter-Lee Vassell

Defenders: Ash Apollon, Younes Boudadi, Tulu

Goalkeeper: Austin Pack

More information on returning players, new player signings, and the 2022 schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

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