The first two rounds of the 2019 MLS Draft took place on Friday in Chicago, and Los Angeles Football Club selected midfielder Peter-Lee Vassell with the 40th overall pick (16th pick in the second round).
Vassell, 19, is one of the few players who is not being selected out of college, as he has been playing professionally for Harbour View FC in his native Jamaica since 2017. 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, and with five goals scored, to boot.
It’s unclear if he’s already signed a deal but based on the report that he’ll come in on loan, it looks like this deal is likely set or close to it. So expect Vassell to have a much better chance of making the LAFC first-team roster than most players taken at No. 40, even with the expectation that he’ll take an international roster slot. Congrats to Peter-Lee, and best of luck to him this season.
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