The official rosters for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup were unveiled on Thursday for all participating countries, and Jamaica’s roster included one Los Angeles Football Club player, midfielder Peter-Lee Vassell.
The 21-year-old started and was very good for the Reggae Boyz in a 1-0 friendly win over the U.S. Men’s National Team on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. With nine caps in his career and five assists, Vassell looks like a key player for this Jamaica side, who we should not forget reached the final of the last two Gold Cups. And judging from the performance on Wednesday, Vassell and Jamaica look like they should be a contender for the title once again.
While he played lights out for his country, Vassell hasn’t played for LAFC lately, last featuring in April. He’s made five appearances, 132 minutes in MLS play, but he looks to be sixth on the depth chart for Bob Bradley’s team at present, behind Eduard Atuesta, Latif Blessing, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Lee Nguyen and Andre Horta. Nevertheless, he still looks like the time with the black-and-gold is helping his development.
Jamaica are in Group C in the Gold Cup, where they’ll take on Honduras in Kingston on June 17, El Salvador in Houston on June 21, and Curaçao at The Banc on June 25, so you can give him a warm welcome home in the group stage finale.
Vassell will definitely miss one LAFC game, next week in the U.S. Open Cup against Real Salt Lake, and if LAFC win that one, would miss the following week’s game in the same competition. With Jamaica likely to qualify for the quarterfinals, he’ll most likely miss the June 29 game at the Colorado Rapids. If Jamaica get to the semifinals he would miss the July 3 game at Sporting Kansas City, and if the Reggae Boyz make the final he would also miss the July 6 game at The Banc against Vancouver Whitecaps. Unlike some of the other absences, however, with Vassell not playing much for LAFC his absence won’t likely be as apparent.
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